It seems that not many clubs want to pay the £15M that QPR have been asking for their 26 year-old striker Charlie Austin, and with 11 days left in the summer transfer window maybe Charlie will still be a QPR striker come September.
But if that’s the case he can rule out playing for England in next summer’s Euro 2016 Championships in France.
Charlie Austin – West Ham no longer interested
David Sullivan, the joint Chairman of West Ham says his club will not be trying to sign Charlie Austin, as he told a KUMB (Knees Up Mother Brown) West Ham podcast the reasons for that decision
“Firstly, we haven’t got £15M to spend under the Fair Play rules.” “Secondly, he failed a medical at Hull a couple of years ago.”
“They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows? To sign a player for £15M is a big risk.” “He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it”
“If we had £100M to spend we may say ‘we’ll spend £15M and gamble one-sixth of our budget’.” “But it’s not one-sixth of our budget, it’d smash our budget to bits.” “And he didn’t keep Queens Park Rangers up.”
“If he’d kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different – and a few of those goals were penalties.”
“16 goals is still very good, but when we played QPR last year they had to win to stand any chance of staying up, and he wasn’t very good.”
It could be that Newcastle have decided that we have enough firepower up front, if we just keep Papiss Cisse, and then we have new boy Aleksandar Mitrovic, Ayoze Perez and Manu Riviere, who has just had minor surgery to his knee.
With Remy Cabella having left Newcastle after just one year of not making it on Tyneside, Emmanuel will know this season is his last chance at Newcastle.
And it looks like there are not many clubs now want to sign Austin – well not for a massive £15M.
On the other hand if Newcastle are still secretly wanting Austin they could move in a week on Monday – the last day of the transfer window – and maybe get him on the cheap.
That was the Newcastle plan from early in the summer, and maybe – as far as we know – it’s working perfectly so far.
But we wouldn’t do that – £12M or whatever Newcastle may have wanted to spend on Charlie – would be better used to try to get a top center-back to the club – like Aymen Abdennour of Monaco as one (very) good example.
What do you think?