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QPR Drop Price On Austin But Still Too High For Newcastle

11:37 pm, Saturday, August 8th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 76 Comments

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.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

76 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Belfast // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Pay the 13 million for blog legend Charlie Austin.

    Swerve the other bloke.

  • 2 colwell // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    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.

  • 3 JackButler // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:40 PM

    Thought we had offered 12 million?

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

  • 4 Thump // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:42 PM

    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.

  • 5 colwell // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:43 PM

    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.

  • 6 JackButler // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:44 PM


    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

  • 7 G // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:44 PM

    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.

  • 8 JackButler // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:47 PM


    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

  • 9 WWSBRD // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:48 PM

    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

  • 10 colwell // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:49 PM


    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.

  • 11 beermonkey // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

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

  • 12 G // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    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

  • 13 Sazzer // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    Austin would help us concede less on set pieces.

  • 14 Belfast // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    No wwsbrd you’ve just got a crazy imagination.

  • 15 switch365 // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:51 PM

    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!

  • 16 Belfast // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:52 PM

    Kets is probably hovering with his calculator right now Wwsbrd

  • 17 JackButler // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM


    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

  • 18 croftus5678 // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:53 PM

    meh forget rolan and austin and sign a cb !

  • 19 Sazzer // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:54 PM

    G here are 100 Austin goals for you.

  • 20 Belfast // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:55 PM

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

  • 21 Sazzer // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:57 PM

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

  • 22 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM

    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 !

  • 23 WWSBRD // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    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 😉

  • 24 croftus5678 // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    @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.

  • 25 Graeme // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:07 AM

    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?

  • 26 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    I agree CB first priority.

  • 27 G // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:14 AM

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

  • 28 Graeme // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:14 AM

    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.

  • 29 Sazzer // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:24 AM

    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.

  • 30 banjax // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:47 AM

    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.

  • 31 geordielad880 // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:52 AM

    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

  • 32 geordielad880 // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:53 AM

    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

  • 33 geordielad880 // Aug 9, 2015 at 12:58 AM

    side i think will play tomw:-






  • 34 lesh // Aug 9, 2015 at 1:13 AM

    £12.5m might just suit both parties?

  • 35 lesh // Aug 9, 2015 at 1:19 AM


    Charlie Austin, blog hero?

    Spat me gin out!

    😀 😀

  • 36 Menelauos // Aug 9, 2015 at 1:49 AM

    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.

  • 37 lukes26 // Aug 9, 2015 at 1:50 AM

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

    newcastle arent going to sign him. non starter

  • 38 Menelauos // Aug 9, 2015 at 1:54 AM


    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.

  • 39 lesh // Aug 9, 2015 at 1:59 AM


    ‘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?

  • 40 Derek // Aug 9, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    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!

  • 41 lukes26 // Aug 9, 2015 at 2:07 AM


    austin was the Plan B if Mitrovic didnt pan out

    some team will take him, just not newcastle

  • 42 TheBossMan // Aug 9, 2015 at 2:07 AM

    I would of thought with all the changes in staff at SJP at least one of them would of brought a bit common sense with them… Charlie A might not be the worlds best striker but he scores goals, FACT. More to the point he is within our pricing category. It seems like everyone is pinning our hopes on an un-tested 20yr old this season in the Prem and the likely hood that he can live up to those standards does NOT bode well. It takes at least a season to get used to the game here as compared to lesser leagues, yes there is the odd one now and again who hits the ground running. That brings me on to Papis, a one that did. But ever since he has gone backwards, never reaching the same heights again, a blind man can see his knee still troubles him. That coupled with all his personal life problems are like a lead weight on his back. So the powers that be try and sign another untested CF who is not a prolific scorer by any stretch, all to save 2 million… For God sake someone give your heads a good wobble and sign the guy that is proven in Prem and will score goals for fun with the right service… Going with what we have or have planned is just plain stupid, CA would pay for himself if he gets us a couple of places higher at the end of season… Geez you dont have to be a rocket scientist to do the logical maths…

  • 43 Sav // Aug 9, 2015 at 2:44 AM

    Maybe Ashley pays up front. But its not up front where we need a player. We need a CB. McLaren in his interview implied he wants to look at his squad to finish his buying before the window ends. But every toddler and his mother in Newcastle knows we need a CB reinforcement. Why wait until several points are sacrificed to prove what should be clear to Carr and Mac already?

  • 44 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:33 AM

    OFFICIAL: Bielsa resigns as Marseille
    now is the time to get thauvin

  • 45 lochinvar // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:37 AM

    Steve McLaren
    “The players are key to it all and I’m happy with what I see in the dressing room, both in terms of technical ability and attitude. We have a talented squad of players here and in Gini Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovi? and Chancel Mbemba, we have three top class additions to the first team which we plan to build on across a number of transfer windows. We have been patient so far and that will continue to have its rewards”

    Note the part saying that we plan to build on across a number of transfer windows … Roll on Jan by the look of things – or just another smoke screen while we sign our super mystery unexpected signing

  • 46 lochinvar // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 AM

    Moanrinio has criticised Chelsea Dr. Eva Camerio for treating an injured player on the pitch. So he’s now turning on his own staff to avoid venting his hissy fits on the Refs.
    If she wants to tel him to take a running job and join a professional club with excellent Management, Coaching and back room staff she would be very welcome at SJP. She might even have to look after Charlie Austin !

  • 47 lochinvar // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:49 AM

    And a different story
    Doncaster manager Paul Dickov helped protect the “morality” of football by allowing Bury to walk in an injury-time equaliser on Saturday, says Shakers boss David Flitcroft.
    After Harry Forrester scored in playing the ball back to the Bury keeper, Leon Clarke dribbled from the centre circle to score unchallenged.
    “Paul put football in a good place with his sportsmanship,” Flitcroft said.
    “Because if you lose morality the game has no substance for me.”
    Flitcroft, who led Bury to automatic promotion from League Two in his first full season in charge last term, added: “I’ve got the ultimate respect for Paul Dickov.
    “He tried to get the referee to award a foul throw initially but then he’s allowed us to score from the restart.”

  • 48 Reyantoon // Aug 9, 2015 at 5:19 AM

    Thauvin could be hit or miss.Watched him last night.Typical Ben arfa type player.Small and light weight.Has techniques and good feet but risky.Would prefer Kevin Volland from Hoffe’m.

    Never wanted to get in to this but it strikes my head sometimes when people in here underrate and slag Pardew.I dare say it again,he is the best mgr Newcastle had after sir Bobby Robson.
    Not because he won yesterday but i saw what he is trying to do while he was with us.Palaces player recruitment has improved since he appointed.He managed to bring the likes of cabaye to a small club.If he is fool and inept,
    how did he managed to change things there?
    Give your head a shake people & be realistic!!

  • 49 Reyantoon // Aug 9, 2015 at 5:41 AM

    Don’t forget we’ve some bum chum & hilarious posters in here who lives in cuku land 🙂

  • 50 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    I know quite a few on here simply cannot grasp why we just don’t pay the £15M QPR wants for Austin!

    …it’s a fact like that which makes this discussion pointless!

    Next thread Ed!

  • 51 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2015 at 6:35 AM

    Reyantoon…I have enjoyed football more under any other manager after SBR than I have under Pardew!

    …I almost lost my love of the game under that man!

    Disclsimer: I simply refuse to count JFK as a manager. That was simply a joke!

  • 52 Average_Contents // Aug 9, 2015 at 6:45 AM

    No more sleeps lads n lasses!

    2-0 win today? Just seen 2 for joy….0-3 loss it is then 🙁

  • 53 Reyantoon // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:18 AM

    Good morning Jesper 🙂

  • 54 expatmag // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:21 AM


    Your comments on Pardew just confirmed my long standing suspicions that you are either a WUM, possibly a Mackem or an idiot.

    The latter probably applies because even they couldnt be that thick.

  • 55 expatmag // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:22 AM


    It all depends on what team he puts out but I have a feeling it will end up a draw…..1-1

  • 56 Jib // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:23 AM

    Failing all else I think the Toon will return for Bas Dost

    The Prize for Martoon’s quiz

  • 57 Mag52 // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:26 AM


    Why don’t we pay the asking price for Austin ? Because our owner is a wheeler dealer ‘Del boy’ guy who gets his kicks, not from the football, but from the business of buying a player at the lowest of rock bottom prices.
    Who will blink first ? Looks like it might be big Les.

  • 58 Belfast // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:28 AM


    Remember a few days ago when you said Sunderland have addressed their defensive concerns? Hahaha

    Jesper…. Oot

  • 59 Mag52 // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:31 AM


    Ignore the scoffers Reyantoon. Pardew knows his stuff – there’s none so blind as those who will not see.

  • 60 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:35 AM

    Mag52…and that’s why we should move on to the next subject!

    …honestly I have better things to discuss!

  • 61 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    I dont put my mind to Sunday news. Last week we had offered £13.25m + Vuckic now they have lowered to 13 we r paying 8m this is bull. Austin and Rolan is no upgrade to Cisse at all. May jst looking at e future coz Cisse is 30.

    I think we r done for the season except for back up CB yo replace Willo and back up RB.

  • 62 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Belfast…I never said that is was enough 😉

    At least they saw a problem and did something!

  • 63 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:45 AM

    Cabella vs Austin transfer stories which wins.

  • 64 Reyantoon // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    expatmag…aka Bum chum
    There you go again.Once again u proved you know nothing about football.That’s why i stopped discussing with u.U are a knacker,who supposedly have bum chum coaching license,who pop up in here pretending u know about a business called “football “,i wonder who gave that to a person like you.
    You are a mackum wum.And i don’t have time to engage bum chum person like you.Go find your aliases.This is my last post to u old man!!

  • 65 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 7:59 AM

    For our formation: 4-2-3-1.
    GK: We r ok we need 3 we have 3. Krul, Darlow and Elliott.
    RB: Jannmatt needs a back up. Bigi has failed. New back up RB.
    LB: We r ok. Haidara and Dummett. Fergie good bye.
    CB: We need 5 we have 5. But full of deadwood. Sell Willo or Taylor one of them. Get an upcoming young CB better than Lasceles but can also put competition on Colo and Mbemba.
    CDM: we need 4 we have 4. Anita, Colback, Tiote and Abeid.
    CAM: De Jong and Wijnaldum. We need 2 we have 2.
    RM: We need 3 we have 3. Sissoko, Perez and Obertan.
    LM: We need 3 we have 3 Cabella, Aarons and Goufrann.
    F: We need 3 we have 3. Except if Cisse wants out u buy a new one. But we r ok. Cisse, Mitrovic and Rivere.

    Sell or loan Marvuex, Fergie, Vuckic, Bigi.
    Buy a new CB and back RB.

  • 66 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    Guys Reyantoon and expta.

    We r from the same family cool down. Let an outsider not separate us. Pardew is gone. Good or poor manager no one gives a f**k he is at palace and wat happens to palace doesnt benefit us.

  • 67 Blofal // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:04 AM

    I’m watching the Watford/Everton game.

    Troy Deeney is a very good striker. He will do well this season. No problems stepping up at all.

  • 68 check the toastie // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:08 AM

    Pardew’s shite.

  • 69 cestriasteve // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:10 AM

    Reyantoon Mag52,

    Everyone is entitled to an opinion and I’m sure Pardew will do a good job at Palace but how anybody can rely on Jon Carver and Steve Stone to coach a team I don’t know why he can call himself a credible manager and I’m sorry Pardew caused me to walk out of SJP for the first time ever when he was personally responsible for our loss to Reading, I’ll never forget that game ever.

  • 70 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:16 AM

    Pardew is an outsider why shld he divide us.

  • 71 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:19 AM


    we were a cause to many loses. Our protests didnt help.

  • 72 Belfast // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:21 AM

    Did anyone watch the new football league show on channel five? And was it as bad as I thought it was? 😮

  • 73 cestriasteve // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:27 AM


    I agree with both your posts and his comments about his time here were probably a fair summary of what happened but I honestly think we will see a better coached side under McClaren, I don’t think it will be that much more entertaining but it will be better coached, better managed.

  • 74 Jail for Ashley // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:36 AM

    Would you honestly have Pardew and his shite football back. He had more 4+ hidings than the last ten managers combined, how many times did we win by more than two goals and his derby record says everything about him. Things might have been different if he had been backed after he finished fifth but he seemed happy enough to take an eight year deal and peddle lies instead.

  • 75 Ian Toon // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:44 AM

    Belfast – Yes I do remember those that said they would improve our defence. Also the individual who felt buying defenders plus a DM had the mackems defence sorted.
    Really looking forward to a season of promise at the toon. Macca will get the best out of the likes of Moussa . He’s done what all good coaches do sing his praises – by talking about Him scoring more goals and being a big threat in the final third. He said he plans to use him in attacking areas and give him freedom to express himself rather than demand the disciplined role that he has been asked to play. I remember his early games for us when he terrorised defenders with his pace and aggression.
    Colback can do the defensive DM slot and Moussa in an uninhibited free role be the counterbalance. We should not judge Macca or the toon on today’s performance solely. I was reminded last night that when Keegan brought us up that we lost 1-0 to Spurs in the opening game at SJP ( Sheringham) only to draw away 1-1 at ManU in the next game. The rest is history and a 3 rd place finish. That said I am going for a 3-2 win.

  • 76 Ian Toon // Aug 9, 2015 at 8:51 AM

    You couldn’t make it up. Here we are on the morning of the start of a new era and there are some fans still fighting old battles – move on and live in the here and now for heavens sake.
    Bobbybee – Your the man – I will stop my practice of describing the less enlightened on here as being taken off at the knees. I share your positivity going. Forward.

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