Steve McClaren has given the biggest hint yet that Newcastle still want Charlie Austin, who we were interested in over the summer but would not match the QPR valuation of £15M.
Steve has been interviewed and he has said Charlie will stay on Newcastle’s radar screen.
Charlie Austin – on Newcastle’s radar screen
This is what Steve McClaren has said:
“He has been on Newcastle’s radar from the second half of last season, and during the summer, and he will stay on the radar, definitely,”
It seems odd that Steve would be so open about it – especially the definitely at the end – since not too much was mentioned by him over the summer.
That definitely seems to suggest he may even be definite target of ours.
We remember that the Mirror’s Simon Bird back in early June said the Austin transfer was a done deal, and while he was wrong, there had to be something behind that.
It could be that Newcastle have been in the driver’s seat on this deal, and that Austin is just waiting for the club to work out some deal with QPR, or wait until his contract runs out next June and get him as a free agent.
The fact that Charlie admitted he turned down an offer from a club that he said just wasn’t right for him, is also consistent with that.
It’s thought to have been West Ham, but certainly not Newcastle.
We could see a striker and a center-back brought in during January, plus some younger players for Peter Beardsley’s Development group.
Charlie Austin scored for QPR yesterday to make it 5 goals in 6 appearances this season for QPR in the Championship, but they lost 2-1 at home to Nottingham Forest.