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.
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.