Newcastle Turn To Alternative Strikers If Austin Price Still £15M

We didn’t really believe the story on Sunday that QPR had lowered their price from £15M to £13M for their striker Charlie Austin,  since it just seemed too convenient and after all it was a Sunday.

Today QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand has again reiterated that the London club want £15M for their 26 year-old striker – and if that remains true through August, they could end up keeping Charlie at the club.

It’s interesting to see what the striker would think about that.

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Charlie Austin in action against Charlton on Saturday

The Charlie Austin affair has been this summer’s long running saga (soap opera?),  and it could go to the last day of the window although we are starting to think maybe Newcastle could sign a younger striker with more potential, for the money it would take to get Charlie through the door.

Of course it’s nothing to do with Charlie, who has been very patient and professional throughout the summer.

This is what Les Ferdinand has said today in the London Evening Standard:

“We are now into the season and want to settle our side down as quickly as possible,”  “It’s not good for the club, it’s not good for Charlie — it’s not good for anyone.”

“The fans are waiting for the window to close and are hoping Charlie is still here. These things always seem to drag on, but from the club perspective we want it resolved as quickly as possible.”

“All he can do is be professional, which he was against Charlton in the 2-0 defeat on Saturday. He’s got into this position where clubs are interested in him because he’s been professional and scored goals. He can’t allow himself to slip now.”

“The price is still £15M and the only firm bid that has come in is still from Leicester. Everyone feels that bids are going to come in for him, it’s just a matter of when. But if a club doesn’t pay the fee, then we will offer him a new contract to get him to stay.”

If QPR do keep the 26 year-old he could certainly help them in their efforts to get straight back to the Premier League.

If Les is adamant that he really does want £15M for Charlie, then we think Newcastle could turn to a younger striker, with one possibly being 22 year-old Uruguayan International Diego Rolan of Bordeaux.

The advantage Charlie has is that he has already proved last season he can score goals in the Premier League with 18 league goals in just 35 appearances for QPR, who didn’t exactly create a lot of chances for their strikers last season.

We don’t think Newcastle can wait until late August to sign another striker.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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24 comments so far

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Shaqiri passed his medical at Stoke. Everton now in for Austin apparantly.

  • seanp

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #2

    From last thread @Lee Charnley BP

    Yes, sell IF they are upgraded! However many of the comments have suggested that now we have Mbemba, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic we can dispense with Colo, Tiote and Cisse – this would still leave us lacking squad depth. If more and better players come in then fine – just not convinced that there will be more coming in.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce 58m58 minutes ago
    Hearing that it’s slightly too little too late from Newcastle for Shaqiri. Player looks likely to sign for Stoke #NUFC #SCFC

  • Sazzer

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Raphael is promising left back but Willems is the better option long-term and should be top priority for us when gets back from his injury.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #5


    Would be totally daft if we sold Cisse without a premiership ready replacement !!

    I dont want us to sell Abeid either he will get plenty of game time if he stayed !

    I do think we should be looking to upgrade players though its the only way to progress although I think we may be struggling to get rid of our fringe players as they are on good wages that they wont get anywhere else

  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6


    He passed his medical yestersay early, it was after that that we got involved apparently.

    Tbh the initial bid was accepted 6 weeks ago so if we really wanted him we have had plenty of time to get it done rather than wait til he has completed his medical and agreed terms with another club.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #7

    We were never in for Shaqiri. All fake twitter rubbish. And also I think we are not after Austin anymore.

    We need a Cb but it won’t happen because a captain can’t be sitting on the bench. Colo and mbemba will be partners for this season.

    Sad but I think we are done in this window. We’ll probably sign a player in January if colo turns out to be shi*.

  • Spellcheck

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #8

    So we’ll definitely be signing a cb in January.

  • Spellcheck

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Martoon. Any news on the stats average you compiled?

  • lochinvar

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #10

    Toon Prodigy @1
    Keep up lad – Shaqiri passed his medical yesterday and agreed terms with Stoke but still no announcement. Inter and Bayern still involved in sorting that transfer out. Would be interested to know exactly where Shaqiri is today ? Is he still in Stoke or has he moved on to test the water in the North East ? There seems to be little info coming out of Stoke or their local rag so it’s all probably embargoed until they get the nod that it’s a done deal. Or is it ?

    but CELTIC IN FOR CLUB BRUGGE DEFENDER? so that opens up the Van Dijk story again
    Celtic could be set to revive their interest in Club Brugge defender Brandon Mechele with speculation continuing to mount regarding the future of Virgil van Dijk, writes the Evening Times.
    Van Dijk has been linked with Southampton, Newcastle and Everton in recent days.

    If Everton want to buy Austin fine – leave Van Dijk to us !

  • Spellcheck

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Did anybody purchase the black n white magpie emblazoned football Jersey. It looked a great alternative to the wonga dross our team has to wear?

  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Thauvin was first choice and Shaqiri backup, same as Austin as backup for Mitrovic. Maybe we finally accepted defeat with Thauvin and rushed to try to steal Shaqiri?

    Who knows..

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh good I’m not too late for the Daily Austin.

  • croftus5678

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #14

    @ wwsbrd from last post

    your correct it did work !

    we got a massively improved wing back for the time he was here from what we had previously and got a huge profit on him in the short time he was in which we improved even further in signing janmaat !

    same goes for cabaye which for the money we recieved for him we have got better in for less money !

    if we was given that option again i would gladly take it even if it was for only a season or so ! a better quality player for one season is better than an avg player for several.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I can’t see us ever being in for him to be honest. With Riviere injured we could see a striker though. Sky bet have slashed the odds on Austin going to Everton.

    Dosn’t mean much like but Everton could well fancy him.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #16

    If there are sell-ons involving Shaqiri then I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few i’s to cross and t’s to dot. 🙂 it’s done, get over it, move on….

    Now, about Charlie….

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #17

    Does anybody really think that having Riviere injured means we are a striker down? I think simply having Riviere means we are a striker down.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashley Out!

  • martoon

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Spellcheck – I posted some averages on Sunday night but I’m on holiday at the moment so I can’t repeat them however I have sent them to Ed who said he would publish them but I guess he’s waiting for a slow news day 😉

  • Belfast

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Austin stories out !

  • Jib

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Sean P
    Fortunately McClaren has said he wants a big squad.

    I can see Everton wanting Austin , Lukaku was wick at the weekend.

  • Tsunki

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Martoon Hmmm I wonder when that will be?

  • Belfast

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23

    If he’s one of those people who google his name everyday he’s probably fed up with the daily Austin himself.

  • croftus5678

    Aug 11, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #24

    @17 tsunki

    i agree even though river aint that bad tbh just needs a bit of luck and confidence but he still isnt prem quality imo even if he had that ! 4th choice at best.

    in my view its players who can not do a mid table job in the prem that we can lose easily and it would not be weakening the squad as the youth even though not ready could be getting the experience those players are getting while still not being good enough.

    imo colo/williamson/fergusson (on loan)/satka/river/saylor are the ones i personally think can not do an avg job in the prem even though i admit colo is our second best cb !


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