At one point this summer, it looked very clear that Newcastle were going to wait probably until today, the last day of the window, to make a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin and hope that QPR would lower their asking price of £15M, or else lose big money on the English striker, whose contract has only one year to run.
Charlie could still be sold today, but we’d be surprised if Newcastle make an offer.
Charlie Austin – will he be sold today?
But if Charlie stays at QPR and doesn’t sign a new deal, we wouldn’t be at all surprised if he is a target of Newcastle’s in January or next summer, when he could be a free agent.
There is news today that Newcastle are interested in signing 23 year-old Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan for the season, maybe in case Papiss Cisse left.
And Newcastle may still try to bring Lasogga in on loan in January.
Steve McClaren has said that Newcastle would also be active in the next two transfer windows, where it appears Newcastle could have as much as £100M more to spend, on top of the £50M we spent this summer.
It seems that bringing in another striker is one of those positions Newcastle want to strengthen – whether or not Papiss Cisse is allowed to leave in January.
However, it seems Papiss Cisse’s time could be up next summer, and Newcastle will want to bring in a new striker either then – or in January.
It’s going to be interesting to see what business Newcastle can get done in the January transfer window – since it’s difficult to sign good players half way through the season.
If Austin is not sold today he will still be a Newcastle target, and the price will be a lot less than £15M, unless he signs a new deal at QPR.