QPR Drop Price On Austin But Still Too High For Newcastle


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.

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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?

Comments welcome.



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76 comments so far

  • Belfast

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #1

    Pay the 13 million for blog legend Charlie Austin.

    Swerve the other bloke.

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  • colwell

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #2

    This season is going to fcuking hard, pretty much every team has decent players.
    Watching match of the day I still feel we desperately need more pace in the team and a beast at CB. Villa,Swansea,Watford etc all had a big striker that won alot in the air playing Colo and Mbemba together would be suicide, even worse then playing the poorest CB in the world Willo.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Thought we had offered 12 million?

    Through Willo and Obertan into the deal…………………no wait, the price would go up then

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  • Thump

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #4

    I thought we had offered £13m tbh. That said, we apparently haven’t had any contact with him so we aren’t in for him.

    Stop dreaming, Ed.

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  • colwell

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #5

    As for Rolan or Austin i’d fcuk them both off we already have Cisse and Mitrovic bring a striker in that can run onto a ball pointless signing the same types of strikers all the time, especially as we are shite at supplying them.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #6

    Colwell

    Mbemba is reported to be a beast and brilliant in the air, it captain fantastic I worry about as he has the turning circle of an oil tanker

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  • G

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #7

    Move on, if he was worth the money, someone would have paid it. They haven’t, he isn’t. Why cant people see this? Even Swansea and West Brom have passed. Bournemouth have just paid more than this on a striker, would they not buy him? Move on please.

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  • JackButler

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #8

    G

    The reason so many have passed up the chance to sign him is simply because of the asking price for a player with only one year left on his contract, he better than anyone we currently have and I’d love to see him here

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #9

    13 mill after 1 loss? If they win next game does the price go back up to 15? Drop to 11 if they lose? QPR have a crazy sales strategy

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  • colwell

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #10

    JackButler

    Yeah saw that about Mbemba hopefully he can, Colo can hardly jump off the floor. players with pace and strength ruin Colo even Shane Long does. As he’s captain he’s a guaranteed starter so its who to play with him.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #11

    wouldn’t be a toon blog without an Austin link or 2 what will we talk about when he signs for spurs

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  • G

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #12

    JB I believe we nedc to agree to disagree mate. Average striker with a flukey season at best, see my earlir comments about Michael Ricketts

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #13

    Austin would help us concede less on set pieces.

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  • Belfast

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #14

    No wwsbrd you’ve just got a crazy imagination.

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  • switch365

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Well even though he dreams of going to Barca, and the truth is the vast majority of players probably share that same dream, Abdennour isn’t going to be joining them.

    He is everything we could want as a cb and is available for the right price.
    Regardless of how it goes tomorrow, I’d love it if we showed the league that Newcastle United have the cojones, the money and the lure to go out and buy this beast of a centre back, before someone else does!

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  • Belfast

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Kets is probably hovering with his calculator right now Wwsbrd

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  • JackButler

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #17

    Colwell.

    I think long term it will be Mbema and Colo while the young lad from Forrest develops as Colo replacement, maybe wrong but it’s the only thing that makes sense to me right now as Willo is heading for the door and no doubt it won’t be long before Saylor is headed for the treatment room

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #18

    meh forget rolan and austin and sign a cb !

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #19

    G here are 100 Austin goals for you.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7WlBpBV7jI

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  • Belfast

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #20

    I think that partnership has got disaster written all over it. I reckon John Terry would look suspect alongside perma hair.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #21

    croftus5678
    Why do we have to choose? We have the cart.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Watching the games today and Match of the Day we are going to have to battle for every point as every team is pressing and has pace

    Sunderland are down this year we need to be beating them this season !

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Comment #23

    Belfast
    Haha u know ur funny every so often haha

    Anyway been all fun and games but am off for the night! Enjoy the rest of ur nights! And lets all keep our fingers crossed that Swansea are removed from the league soon 😉

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  • croftus5678

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #24

    @21 sazzer

    lol i suspect we will not sign anyone more tbh but if i could choose just 1 more it would be a cb as we still are lacking another quality cb imo.

    do me proud tomoz boys as i’m unfortunatly working and cant get out of it 🙁 got you on record though so 4-0 to us please.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Is Charley the answer? Is £13 million the final price?

    Probably a resounding NO to both. Do NUFC actually want Austin on board?? According to McClaren – no they dont.

    Why the desire for him?

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #26

    croftus5678
    I agree CB first priority.

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  • G

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #27

    100 plus shola goals if your interested on youtube? Nothing to see here, move on.

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  • Graeme

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #28

    Croftus @ 24 – absolutely.

    We need a quality CB for sure. Willamson, should never play for us again; Saylor is a perma-crock; 12 games a year, not the answer to our problems. Colo’s great desire is to be back in Argentina; giving him a new contract is a cop-out as its cheaper than a “Proper” CB.

    We need a quality CB, absolutely NO doubt about it. 60 goals a season proves it, beyond any doubt. He should be partnered with Chancel, Colo as back up cos he aint good enough to be first choice.

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  • Sazzer

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #29

    G
    Shola haven’t scored 100 goals mate. Austin not including those 100 goals in the video have still scored more goals than Sholas total amount.

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  • banjax

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #30

    I don’t blame the club one bit . Yes Austin would be 1st choice but we can’t wait forever. What is a fair price for Austin? Maybe £9 million sounds about right. But who says Cisse is leaving, personally I would rather Riveira leave before Cisse or Riviera and Cisse leave with Austin and Rolan along with Mitrovich as our striker triumvirate, now that would be awesome. Anyway this will all be for nought if our shaky defence leaks goals on Sunday because that is where we really should be strengthening.

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #31

    I watch alot of french football, rolan is nothing special, hard working, decent strength, a slight upgrade on gouffran, worth 7-8m at most, austin is a good player, but still think we need a striker who has some pace, and a good first touch, something cisse isnt, mitrovic will be top drawer, will score goals, best of our signings so far, confident, scores goals, great touch, movement, great in air, so strong, and can only get better as he gets older

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #32

    my signings for summer would be:- s.dann, winjnaldum, mbemba, mitrovic, a.beck (rb hoffenheim,who has just signed for besiktas) if you look at our squad we need a right back,a centre back, and a striker with pace, who can play in wide areas

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  • geordielad880

    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #33

    side i think will play tomw:-

    ———————————Krul

    Janmaat———-taylor—————willo———-haidara

    ———————anita—————-colback

    sissoko——————–wijnaldum—————-obertan

    ——————————–cisse

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  • lesh

    Aug 9, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #34

    £12.5m might just suit both parties?

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  • lesh

    Aug 9, 2015 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #35

    Belfast

    Charlie Austin, blog hero?

    Spat me gin out!

    😀 😀

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  • Menelauos

    Aug 9, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #36

    If we signed Rudiger £10m, Austin/ Berahino £14m, and Boetius £3m, we will be pushing Euro league. Shift Obertan £1m, Cisse £7m and Willo £1m.
    That’s £18million spent. Completely new squad capable of giving the bigger clubs a run for there money.

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  • lukes26

    Aug 9, 2015 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #37

    Leicester city offered 13 mil. I doubt they have the money to pay up front though

    newcastle arent going to sign him. non starter

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  • Menelauos

    Aug 9, 2015 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #38

    Lukes26

    I disagree mate, our interest is there, after so many links and the bookies odds being slashed and stopped so often, they are rarely wrong.
    If it does happen it will be when QPR are getting desperate with a week to go and we can make them sweat over the price.

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  • lesh

    Aug 9, 2015 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Menelaeus

    ‘If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;

    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same; ….’

    Rudyard Kipling’s thoughts on your earlier post.

    It’d be good if we did that business though.

    In saying that, West Brom are in for a striker. Maybe Berhino’s on his way up?

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  • Derek

    Aug 9, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #40

    FFS Ed really needs to get over his Charlie Austin fetish.

    I’m starting to wonder if this is a NUFC blog or a Charlie Austin blog.

    If he’s doing a medical at Newcastle then post an article, otherwise it’s time to forget and move on!

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