Charlie Austin Saga Ends But Newcastle Could Still Sign Him

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.

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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.

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