Newcastle’s Pursuit Of Austin To Get Complicated Soon

The longer you wait for a player in the transfer market the more chance that another club, who may not have been interested a month or so ago,  could suddenly want the target and moves quickly for him.

That could happen this summer with Charlie Austin and Newcastle, because the Magpies have been dragging their feet at paying out the £15M QPR want for their striker, and Newcastle believe no other club will be willing to pay that fee.

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Charlie Austin – things could get complicated

But there was news yesterday that Manchester United may be coming in with a huge bid for 22 year-old Tottenham striker Harry Kane, and if that happens Spurs could quickly sign Charlie Austin as a replacement.

Heaven knows how much much money the Red Devils will pay for Harry, but it will be a lot and Kane just happened to be missing from Tottenham’s pre-season friendly with AC Milan yesterday, which the TV commentator said was because of a “huge offer” from Old Trafford.


And Spurs wouldn’t  think twice about paying out £15M to get a good replacement for their local lad.

Of course if that happens Spurs fans will not be too happy, because Harry’s a hugely popular young player at White Hart Lane and looks to be a great player in the making.

With Newcastle, we often wonder if this brinkmanship for Charlie Austin is worth the £2M we may save on his transfer fee?

We had hoped Newcastle had learned form the stupid things the people at the top did in January.

We made money by allowing Alan Pardew to leave for Crystal Palace (for around £4M compensation), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa signed full time for Roma (for around £6M) and Davide Santon was loaned out  to Inter Milan, and signed for them full time on July 1st for around £3.5M.

We made money but didn’t strengthen an already weak squad due to injuries and suspension.

The actions we took only helped to weaken both the coaching staff and the playing squad, all for a few million pounds, and we were almost relegated because of that incompetence.

As we said, we had hoped Newcastle had learned the squad and our players are (much) more important than making money.

With a good squad we could even win one of the cups soon.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Another Austin story Yawn

    Ashley Out

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #2

    Aleksandar Mitrovic 66/1 to be PL top scorer must be worth a fiver

  • John Tudor

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #3

    get another fit for purpose centre back with pl experience now ffs balls with austin

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #4

    Papiss Cisse is 80/1

  • Dragon64

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #5

    another Austin thread wish somebody anybody would just buy him for it to go away boring

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #6


    That’s utter rubbish and you know it mate. You make it sound like he’s on 150k or more, let’s have some realism from you mate. 60k per week for a prem player is nothing, plenty of talk about him going to Sevilla in Spain but he came out and said he wasn’t going to leave!!

  • Graeme

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #7

    McClaren has already stated, on Radio, we are not in for Austin, no bid has been made.
    This is complete bollox Ed.

    We NEED another CB – giving Colo 2 years is a complete joke.

  • John Tudor

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #8

    dont matter how many strikers we employ if we ship loads of goals

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought the TOON were not interested in Austin.

    Been a good transfer window so far – got 3 first team players (plus one for the future) in who look a class above what we have and have not lost any of our top players.
    Get another top class defender in would be brilliant transfer window

  • magscar

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #10

    Big surprise! I hadn’t realised he was re-united with his family back in Newcastle.

    Another indication that Ashley is actually leaving decisions to the Board/McClaren as this would not have happened last season. New contract for an over 30 player !

    McClaren presumably hasn’t seen him play other than on Tuesday’s training session so is presumably going on past performances and his discussions with Colo. If he can get back to say his form of 2 seasons ago with a settled home life and different and (on-field !)partner and tactics that suit him then may be worth it. Feel this has McClaren’s total backing and isn’t simply Charnley.

    Still would like a new CB but not sure whether this news is an indication of continuing problems in getting the right player in this summer or a totally independent decision. Hopefully it will mean however that Colo isn’t going to coast along as I feared if he had stayed with just the 1 year left.

  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    chancel don’t waste your money if he gets to double figures he will be doing ok if gets to 10/15 he will have had a great first season if top scorers the prem he will be SOLD

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    3:16 still hasn’t moved

  • Malackay

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    RE Colocinni new contract

    – He clearly has a strong relationship with the board and MA himself. In my opinion, this almost guarantees that he will move into some sort of coaching role at NUFC once he is finished playing.

    – He isn’t great but is better than Willo & Taylor, irrespective of age.

    – We lack physical presence at set pieces and our lack of height in defence does us no favours here.

    – He needs to work on his on pitch leadership skills. Head goes and makes rash decision as soon as we concede.

    – We still need more players!

  • Our Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Don’t see how Colo signing a new contract means no defender can come in now!! Signing Colo up is a clear indication that they’d rather keep him than willo or Saylor. Both of whom will need replacing next season.

  • Ian Toon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Martoon my prediction:
    Final League Position. 9th
    Number of Points. 56
    League Cup Semi Final
    FA Cup 5th Round
    PL Signings this season. 5
    PL Leavers this season. 2
    Top Goalscorer Mitrovic
    (Number of Goals) 15

  • Malackay

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #16


    66/1 is a shocking price for Mitrovic – can get as big as 105/1 with some bookies. Same with Cisse, available at 150/1.

    I think Lukaku at 40/1 e/w is a good outside bet.

  • DaraghL

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Take a Chancel –

    I put €20 on Rooney Top Goalscorer / Chelsea to win the League double at 66/1.

    I think with him being up top again (unless they sign) and Aguero / Costa’s injuries. He’s in with a shout. 66/1 worth the risk.

    I would happily lose that money to Mitrovic being top goal scorer 😉

  • hibbit

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #18

    malackay if he is not a leader now he never will be

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #19

    Wats with Austin we r not interested

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #20
  • Malackay

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree Hibbit.

    I think he must obviously have some leadership skills, but they surely come in the dressing room as they certainly don’t come across on field. Although I agree with SMc, you shouldn’t need an armband to be a leader. I hope SDJ, Janmaat, Gini, Sissoko etc. all step up in this regard this season.

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #22

    there is nothing complicated with the fact that we are not signing anyone else.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 6, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #23

    If Kane ends up at Man Utd then that’s sort of good news as Spurs are then reduced to being an ordinary side with a big building site.
    Austin might go to Spuds for Mrs.Austins sake but it might not be the best move for him or her for that matter.
    If he does go to Spuds that’s a missed opportunity for NUFC but Rolan and others are waiting in the wings – but is a Winger there as well ?

    Could be that the Season will be much more open that many including the pundits think. Just possible Ashley is thinking that and is prepared to invest to give us the best chance of doing very well ( compared to recent seasons ) so the mystery super surprise signing could be interesting.

  • derekm

    Aug 6, 2015 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Should never pay £15 million for a player that is in the last year of his contract and who has ever failed a medical during his career

  • lesh

    Aug 6, 2015 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #25

    Like Lacszette, who’s signed or signing for Liverpool, we’ll end up missing out on Austin – that’s assuming he’s a real target.

    Will they ever learn that by digging in over a couple of million, they lose more by doing so.

  • mactoon

    Aug 6, 2015 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #26

    What pursuit? We haven’t made any move for Austin. Define pursuit

  • AmericanGeordie

    Aug 7, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #27

    First, if we bring in another striker (which Ed seems to believe is imperative) then Cisse (a proven Premier League goal scorer) will be sold.

    Second, if we really do want to improve the position then Sadio Berahino would be a better fit for us than Austin.


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