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New Odds-On Favorites In The Saga Of The Summer

9:04 am, Saturday, August 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 28 Comments

The Charlie Austin pursuit by Newcastle United has quite easily been the saga of the summer transfer season, as it looks like Newcastle are in the driver’s seat to sign the 26 year-old but are unwilling to pay out the £15M QPR want for him.

We are therefore playing a waiting game of brinkmanship and hoping that as August 31st approaches QPR will settle for less than £15M – maybe even around £12M and we save £3M …….

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Charlie Austin – saga of the summer

That’s what’s going on and there are a lot of things that Newcastle have left themselves open for in taking that strategy.

One of them is another club could come in at any time and sign him quickly and that’s that – we would have missed out on what would be a very good player for us.

The latest in this long saga is in the betting today – but remember the betting has already been closed on both West Ham and Newcastle getting Charlie Austin – and guess what – he’s still available and nothing has changed.

So odds-on favorites hasn’t meant much at all this summer as far as the betting goes for which club Charlie will sign for – if any.

The new news is that Everton are the odds-on bookies’ favorites to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Charlie is 4/6 on SkyBet, 2/5 on BetFred and 1/2 on Ladbrokes to join Everton.

He is 3/1, 7/4 and 11/2 to join Newcastle on those same betting shops respectively.

Tottenham may be the danger club for Newcastle, if Manchester United come in with a huge bid for top young England striker Harry Kane, and if that happens Spurs would probably be quite willing to pay £15M to QPR for Austin.

Heaven knows how much the Red Devils would pay for Harry, but the local lad looks like a potential world-class striker – and £15M for Austin would look very cheap in comparison – to the White Hart Lane club.

And so it goes on ……. and on …… and on.

Charlie is in the QPR squad to play Charlton today – so lets hope he doesn’t get injured.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Financial Fair Play · Financials · Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    Not another austin story!!

  • 2 Slank // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM


    You may have not noticed but there appears to be a universal view from your bloggers that they couldn’t give a toss about Charlie bloody Austin.

  • 3 Tsunki // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Here it is.

  • 4 Bambams // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:10 AM

    Who is the Austin fella…..

    Joking Ed.

    Still think he will come to the Toon eventually. Unless Everton or Spurs or West Ham or Bournemouth sign him……

  • 5 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    Well predicted guys lol

    Just stuck a fiver on Newcastle to win 2-1 with Wijnaldum to score first at a tasty 80/1 with William Hill 🙂

    With WH both Newcastle and Southampton are 7/4 for the win

  • 6 firebug666 // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    will die for the toon army

    If you bury your head in the sand, and refuse to look at the past, how are you ever going to learn from your mistakes?

    In our case, looking backwards has a huge bearing on how we move forwards and into the future.

    At the FF meeting the comment ” we don’t want to dwell on the past” simply meant; “We don’t want to answer any difficult or awkward questions.”

    So in the case of Coloccini, we have to look at why he is now a poor shadow of the player we bought, and his lack of leadership, to do that you examine him in the past, locate what went wrong and look at what you can do to increase his future performance.

  • 7 toon kk // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:18 AM

    All this speculation and still no further signings.
    Typical Newcastle, begrudgingly parting with money and gambling with our premier league status. When will they ever learn?

  • 8 Spellcheck // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Nice bet that Chancel.

  • 9 Jib // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:21 AM

    Hooray a Charlie Austin article 🙂
    I was getting withdrawal symptoms

  • 10 will die for the toon army // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:22 AM


    We have seen blamed and we will see the changes wen it come to tomorrow. So far so good.
    1. We have bought 3 first team players that can immediately improve our team.
    2. We have changed e coaching staff.
    3. Same MD but we have changed the board. No more Ashely on the board.
    4. We have extended a contract of a 30 yr old player with an option of another yr. It shows that Mcclare has his captain for e next 3 yrs.
    5. We havent sold any of our best players and I see no one bidding.
    6. We are trying to tie down our best player Sissoko so that no one comes sniffing

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:24 AM


    I told u Ed can’t resist

  • 12 toon kk // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:24 AM

    Take a chance on me.
    At least it will be just a fiver you’ll loose!
    Good luck mate I hope you’re right.

  • 13 will die for the toon army // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:28 AM

    toon kk

    Every business is a gamble. Van Gaal has jst risked £330m of Manure’s money and no one thinks that they can win any trophy. To NUFC £37m and keeping our better players is a good investment.

    If we cld put those better players we can get £50m or more out of them so they r still good players.

  • 14 SUTTY1978 // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

    Just saw on SSN that it’s Mbemba’s birthday today, is that his third or fourth this year?

  • 15 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    I’ve said for ages that we will win 2-1 and I believe it 🙂

  • 16 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:31 AM

    Sutty how old does that make him?

  • 17 WWSBRD // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    Wish we would just buy him

    For me we are still 5 players away from being best of the rest…pretty far away then really

  • 18 firebug666 // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:32 AM

    will die for the toon army

    I’m Sorry marra, I no longer look at the club through rose tinted glasses.

    Yes we have brought in 3 decent players, but that is nowhere near enough to progress this term, and we have still kept (up until now) all the deadwood.

    On players; January will be the telling time, will we sell again without replacement and leave ourselves short once again?

    The change in staff had to happen, we scraped the barrel with the inept one, we dredged the gutter with Carver. I will not be going gooey eyed over bringing in new staff, it was a must if we are to maintain premiership status.

    Same MD is correct, can you think of any other animal other than Charnley that Ashley would bolt to his cart?

    Extending the contract of a 33 year old I think, poor business in my opinion, and as you think Sissoko is our best play my opinion should be the one we are trusting.

  • 19 Jib // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:35 AM

    The Italian Seria A this season introduces our system of a named squad of 25.
    At Inter , Xherdan Shaquiri is not included and is excluded from the squad to play a friendly against Athletic Bibao today.
    Inter wanted €15 million originally but the bidding has risen to €19 million and it’s between Everton Newcastle Stoke with Tottenham and a couple of German clubs as outsiders.

  • 20 toon kk // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:38 AM

    Will die for toon,
    Yep I know a lot of business is a gamble, keeping our best players is very important, but hanging onto the dead wood is terrible business. So relying on them when our first team pick up injuries is a massive gamble.
    We were nearly relegated through this regime.

  • 21 Bambams // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:39 AM

    To me we have not seen anything from
    1. SDJ
    2. Aarons
    Now we have
    3. Wini
    4. Mbemba
    5. Mitrovic

    Those five players will improve every prem squad bar top 5

    Spoke with former Toon keeper on Tuesday and according to his link the players have really taken to the new set up.

    Time will tell fellas

    Glass half full today, mind you that could all change by Sunday afternoon! !!!

  • 22 AncientC // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:40 AM

    This one has been a non-starter from the beginning. QPR need Austin if they are to have any hope of bouncing straight back into the Premier League.

    Are we to believe that an ambitious owner like Fernandes is haggling for a few extra million for Austin at this late stage?

    I wonder what is on the QPR agenda right now, getting a bit more for Charlie Austin at the last minute, or, getting back into the Premier League.

  • 23 firebug666 // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    will die for the toon army

    Going out marra will pick this up later if you like.

  • 24 mactoon // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    How can it be a pursuit if we haven’t even put an offer in

  • 25 AmericanMagpie // Aug 8, 2015 at 9:56 AM

    Austin for 15m or the chance of getting promoted? I might hold on to Austin if I was QPR.

  • 26 mactoon // Aug 8, 2015 at 10:03 AM

    If he wants to play for England he needs to leave qpr

  • 27 Sav // Aug 8, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    It is beyond high time the League/FA put a cap on the number of players any club can own. Chelsea have more on loan than in their squad – noner of whom can play in matches against them. Stockpiling players is killing the league as a competition.

  • 28 bobby mango // Aug 8, 2015 at 4:07 PM

    The only saga are these reports. We’re not interested, we haven’t enquired.

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