Charlie Austin has said he will be staying at QPR for the season and will see out the one year left on his contract, which means he will become a free agent next summer, unless QPR can get the striker to sign a new contract at the club.
This will leave Newcastle presumably still interested in getting Charlie, either in January at a knockdown price or next summer as a free agent.
So it’s possible that Newcastle – just like the FBI – could still get their man.
Charlie Austin – saga comes to an end just hours before window closes
Newcastle refused to pay the hefty price of £15M put on the player by QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand, after Charlie did well last season, scoring 16 goals in the Premier League for a struggling side.
Newcastle and other clubs will now be watching what happens with Charlie this season, and whether he signs a new deal to stay in London at Loftus Road.
If he doesn’t, there’s no reason why Newcastle cannot go back in and sign him either as a free agent or at a much reduced fee in January.
This could turn out to be a similar situation to Bafe Gomis, when we were willing to pay £9M for him two years ago, but he stayed on at Lyon to see out the one year left on his contract.
But when he was a free agent last summer, it was Swansea who signed him, with Newcastle presumably not interested.
Bafe is now starting to score some goals at Swansea, and he now looks like a very good player in the Premier League.
Not sure whey we didn’t try to sign him last summer if Joe Kinnear was willing to pay out £9M a year earlier.
Newcastle have also reportedly been in contact with Hamburg about the possibility of signing striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who was a target for us last summer.
Lasogga could either be signed permanently or come on loan either in January or next summer.