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Hammers Don’t Want Austin – Newcastle Plan Working Perfectly

1:38 pm, Thursday, August 20th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

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

29 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Biggest load of sense I’ve seen written about Charlie Austin…

  • 2 JAMSHA // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:43 PM

    CB, LB, ST In Or Ashley OUT

  • 3 Bobbybee // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Got to go in a second, but thought I’d add that Brighton have recently – very recently – signed Connor Goldson from Shrewsbury. He’s primarily a centre back, so maybe the Dunk rumour has more to it than not? If somebody has already posted this, sorry to waste time.

  • 4 jayphoto // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    @WWSBRD – that’s true, I think Shaqiri is awesome! my kind of player.
    More worrying is when he was in france I was a huge Riviere fan… well when he was at St Ettiene who I watch regularly.
    Really thought he could make an impact. He’s been used wrongly but even so, he’s been poor.

  • 5 will die for the toon army // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    I hate the silence from Charnely and Carr . but its better not to know wat we failed and who we
    were after . it a good thing sometimes.
    They talk less now look at what David Sullivan has jst done . If u have no money for Austin shut up
    and look else where.
    Charnely has lost so many battles won some but never starts a fight. He wld have hit back at the
    Montpellier chairman or the Lyon guy but jst kept quite. Gentle man .
    Monk saying we came to hurt Montello . the answer got from Mcca class act . Janmaat red card
    came out and apologised class act .

  • 6 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    I really dont care about Austin.

    He had a fantastic season and can do a job but there is the risk.

    On top of that I think Sullivan points out something good (a fair few of his goals were penalties).

    I dont think we need him, Mcclaren clearly wants one up top and we should have more goals from midfield.

    Therefore Cisse and Mitrovic and Perez should be enough. Not to mention we have De Jong who can play there if needed.

    Even if one gets injured and the other is out of form. We know Riviere’s hold up play is good enough to create for the likes of Moussa, Gini, Thauvin, Aarons.

    CB on the other hand is essential.

  • 7 jayphoto // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:47 PM

    @Bobbybee – Can’t be having Dunk. I don’t care if he plays like Beckenbauer.
    He looks to much visually like Mike Williamson. Its disconcerting!

  • 8 Bobbybee // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Wow, jay’s a facist lmao! 🙂

  • 9 Fostino // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:49 PM

    A good summary of austin. Qpr should have bite Leicester hand when they offered 12m. Too greedy. Overvaluation of an England player. Spurs won’t touch him either as hes not good enough. It’s prob better then cisse however

  • 10 WWSBRD // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Ah Rivi when he signed I thought he looks a good partner for Cisse will get a few assists and maybe grab around 10 goals but it just didnt happen did it?

    Now I dont see how he fits in the club, if he wasnt injured I think the club would be aiming to get shot

  • 11 will die for the toon army // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    I think we are going for Rolan and Abdennour. They are coming next.

    They will b some departures to balance books.

  • 12 pawl250 // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:50 PM

    Thinking about the recent transfer it does not really fill me with excitement. If anything I feel we have been robbed.

    Cabella has not been great, but he is so similar to Thauvin as a player. Yes he does have more potential but based on what the fans of OM are saying, they are glad too see the back of him, Nevermind 12m plus a player they rate more.

    I would have rather kept Cabella and brought Thauvin in too add depth, or use the money elsewhere like a centre back and a right back.

    Just another flop waiting to happen. Atleast we will get some money next year for Cabella, talk of 8m if he meets “certain criterias”

    I do not think he would have made a great player in the PL watching him, he simply was not the PL type. Hopefully Thauvin is but I feel likes its a like for like swap with a large sum of cash going out aswell.

  • 13 Fostino // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    Doesn’t say much for cards recruiting last year…cabella gone….riverie…A total flop. Lascalles ..flop. In Carr we don’t trust. Surely bobby moncur sees we need another cb

  • 14 spitfire_ // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:52 PM

    He will end up at Leicester. They offer 12 mill for him, we won’t. If they need a striker, easily can repeat their 12 mill offer and will get him.

  • 15 jayphoto // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    @WWSBRD – Riviere for me was best at St ettiene and Toulouse when he plays left wide of a front 3. He’s actually quite quick and he causes fullbacks problems with his strength. Played as an off the striker forward at Monaco and did ok but I don’t recall him ever being a target man till Pardew got him

  • 16 WWSBRD // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Am pretty sure Austin scored 3 pens….I dont know where this myth came from that he scored loads has come from

  • 17 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    If we get that CB i dont think we can ask for more this window.

    We’ve spent bucket loads to make up for the previous seasons lack of spend.

    Unfortunately we cant afford to have 2 good players for each position and we cant keep good players on the bench. That’s a luxury left for top 4 teams.

    Even decent teams like Southampton dont have great back up to their squad. The focus should be on keeping them fit and not running them into the ground.

    Janmaat – Mbemba – Big CB – Haidara
    —————Sissoko – Colback————-
    Aarons – – – – – -Mitrovic- – – – – Thauvin

    Subs: Darlow, Anita, De Jong, Dummet, Colo, Obertan, Cisse

    That should be enough to get us a 10th place finish which would be an marked improvement over the last 2 seasons.

    Then we can aim for 6th-8th the season after when we have a platform to build on. Sadly we are at square one because we have sold and not replaced and our remaining assets have either turned into liabilities (Tiote) or are few that remain.

  • 18 will die for the toon army // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:54 PM


    I think we are all not excited because we havent yet signed a CB. and u have disappointed for 8 yrs now. That really happens.

    You expect a departure to be made. I think you are now of the fans that wtd Viera, De boer or Landrup.

    But this window has been good and big up yo Charnley amd His crew.

  • 19 pawl250 // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    This guy is smoking something.

    A player who scores 16 goals in the PL is clearly a good player, especially in front of goal. He only scored, was it 3?! penalties last season.

    Then to say it is his fault to not keep QPR up. Surely 16 goals a season does not suggest the issues where in the attacking half but the defending part.

    It would be like saying Remy is an average player because we narrowly missed relegation when he scored those goals for us. YET he was not to blame for all the goals we conceded, for the most part he did his job.

    Only concern about 15m would be his injuries, which a medical would determine so a risk would be reduced given a professional will say either yes or no. AND he has 1 year left on his contract. I mean seriously.

  • 20 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Il tell u people rite now. This austin situation is gonna turn out to be the exact same as bafe Gomis, guaranteed. We track the player for more than a year, his club is asking to much money, we let his contract run low, his Club still wants full money, at the end when he finally is a free agent, he joins another club. He wants 2 stay in London, & he won’t be short of options.

  • 21 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Ah the Daily Austin, where would we be without it?

  • 22 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:55 PM


    So 16 goals (deducting 3 pens) is 13 goals from open play.

    He played pretty much a whole season.

    Cisse played half a season and scored 11 yet everybody wants rid to replace with Austin?

  • 23 WWSBRD // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Lets just say Pardew had his issues bringing out the best in players whose skills dont fit in his pretty strict view of football

    Rivi may find a new home on the wing with us its not like we have huge amounts of quality there

  • 24 will die for the toon army // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM


    Carr has had one bad summer of:

    De Jong, Rivere and Cabella.

  • 25 jayphoto // Aug 20, 2015 at 1:58 PM

    Just saying, Cabella and Thauvin are nothing alike as players.
    Thauvins ALOT quicker. He actually goes past players consistently. Even in france cabella didn’t successfully dribble past players that much, he was more about running with the ball into open space.
    Thauvin in style is more similar to Ben Arfas dribbling than Cabella in my opinion. He’s not HBA mk2 but hes got that bit of physicality and explosion that Benny had which ultimately Cabella didn’t. Personally he reminds me of Nasri when he was at Marseille and Arsenal!
    Last season Bielsa used thauvin in a similar way Pardew used Gouffran and Jonas! Far too close to his own defence.
    No idea if Thauvin will make it here, but I guarantee he’ll generate the cult following Ben Arfa had.
    Worth noting, Thauvin had the same press in france that Robert and Ginola had. Neither faired too badly here

  • 26 Fostino // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Aarons is closest thing I’ve seen to a sterling…all out efforts should be to get him a new contract and get him playing. Class act.

  • 27 WWSBRD // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    18 goals mate so 15 from open play also got 5 assists. Cisse also scored a pen so lets deduct that so thats 10 and he got 1 assist

    Also the games played adds weight to Austin not Cisse as Cisse missed games due to himself whereas Austin stayed fit and not suspended for 35 games whereas Cisse made 22

  • 28 will die for the toon army // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:03 PM

    David Sullivan is jst a broke man who has failed to buy his wife a Christmas present. And he curses at the Mall.

  • 29 LGFUAD21 // Aug 20, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Cisse scored a goal every 104 mins.
    Austin a goal every 180

    Not to mention Cisse was carrying a knock into last season still from his knee break.

    I dont think Cisse gets credit,

    He does his job and waits for his moment to strike. One of the most efficient strikers in Europe that seems to pick up the flack for the team behind him not being able to control a game and create chances.

    It’s very linear logic:

    We lack goals
    We replace striker
    We get goals

    Just like everybody’s

    We leak goals
    We replace defender
    We no leak goals

    Football is a team game, increasingly so these days.

    Defenders cant defend without midfield protection.
    The best defensive records are often from teams with the better attacks. Attacking puts a team on the back foot and limits the pressure on your defence. Hence why the best defence is a good offence.

    Thats why Mcclaren has said we play too deep and need to play further up the field. We dropped off too much last season and it basically ended with us having to cope with wave after wave of attack.

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