The Mirror is reporting that QPR are now willing to sell their 26 year-old striker Charlie Austin for £13M, and that’s £2M less than their previous asking price, and maybe they are starting to get cold feet with just over three weeks left in the summer transfer window.
Charlie Austin playing for QPR on Saturday
The one proviso from QPR is that the money has to be paid up front in cash – but that’s exactly how Newcastle pay their transfer fees these days.
We do that under Mike Ashley so we are not lumbered with payments for players three or four years later, like we have been in the past under Freddy Shepherd.
In those days the player had often already left the club when payments were still being paid on his transfer fee.
The Mirror are reporting that Newcastle made an inquiry earlier this week about Austin, and were told the price could be adjusted if Newcastle were willing to make the payment immediately.
However, rather surprisingly Newcastle still think this fee is too high, or that’s what’s being reported – and it also seems there are a dwindling number of clubs now interested in Charlie.
The Mirror are saying that could leave the door open for Tottenham Hotspur – but we assume they would only move for Austin if they get a bumper price from Manchester United for their star striker Harry Kane in the next three weeks.
And their fans would not be too happy at all if Harry is sold.
Push is coming to shove for Newcastle to sign a striker, and having waited over two months to sign Austin, there’s news that we have bid £11M for Bordeaux striker Diego Rolan.
That bid has been turned down – but Newcastle and Bordeaux are still trying to reach an agreement on the deal – according to the Sunday People.
It wouldn’t surprise us if Newcastle do sign another striker in the coming week – because if we do bring another one in – we assume Papiss Cisse would be sold – and there needs to be time to do that.
What do you think?