The Mirror is reporting on Sunday that Newcastle carried through on their summer-long plan to try to sign Charlie Austin of QPR late in the transfer window, and the report is that we lodged a £10M bid to try to lure QPR into selling their striker for less than £15M on deadline day.
The report is that we offered Rolando Aarons in exchange for Austin plus some money – the package being worth £10M in total.
Rolando Aarons in action at Sheffield United
But that will not please a number of Newcastle fans, that the club seems to think so little of the 19 year winger, who has looked great when he has played for Newcastle in pre-season.
We had hoped Rolando would come through this season, after having an injury hit season last term with hamstring problems.
If this report is true, then this tells us that Newcastle don’t rate Rolando too highly, but that they still want Austin, and we could definitely now be going after him in January.
At the same time, we know that QPR are trying hard to get Charlie to sign a new deal at the London club, so he will not be available as a free agent next summer, and presumably for a much reduced fee in January, when clubs are allowed to talk to him.
Rolando Aarons has just one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and we were hoping that Newcastle would soon sign him to a long term deal – but that may not happen if this report is true.
The other way of looking at this, is that Rolando will not sign a new deal at Newcastle, so the club are trying to unload him now before he becomes free agent next summer.
Newcastle would still get compensation for the youngster however, since he is under 24.
We don’t think Austin is worth it, if it means we lose Rolando in a swap deal, plus giving some money to QPR.
Wonder what Rolando thinks of all this?
What do you think?