If Newcastle’s plan is to bring in another striker and then get Papiss Cisse off the wage bill by selling him before September, then it’s unlikely to work to wait until the last minute in this transfer window to get Charlie Austin in from QPR for £2M or £3M less than the £15M the London club want for their top striker.
So the report today in the Express may even have some validity in it that Newcastle are lining up alternative strikers, with one of them being Uruguayan International Diego Rolan.
Diego Rolan – Newcastle back-up to Austin
Rolan is younger than Austin and at 22 years old he could be a decent buy for Newcastle, and would come cheaper than Charlie, who turns 27 next month.
The Express is reporting the Bordeaux forward is Newcastle’s back-up option for Austin – so we suppose we are not going back in for 6ft 7ins Dutch striker Bas Dost of Wolfsburg.
QPR begin their season on Saturday at Charlton, so it could start to get dicey if Charlie Austin plays and gets injured, and it would seem like this week would be a very good time to sign Austin.
However, head coach Steve McClaren has said he doesn’t expect any new players in before we kick off the Premier League season at home to Southampton on Sunday.
Is this hold-up really worth the £2M or £3M we would save on Austin?
And if we are going to sell Cisse, then time is running out on that front too.
Money seems to be taking the priority again rather than the football side of things at Newcastle.