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Newcastle Losing Race To Sign Top Striker Target In January

8:20 pm, Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

There’s news in the Evening Standard in London that Southampton have moved to the front of the queue to sign QPR striker Charlie  Austin and if that news is true it ‘s bad news for Newcastle.

It looks like Newcastle’s squad is just good enough for us to hold our won in the Premier League this season, so significant reinforcements are needed in the winter transfer window.

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Charlie Austin – Southampton in the lead to sign him

One of the positions that needs to be strengthened is striker,  because we have scored only one goal a game average in the first 14 league games of the season, which has us in second bottom place on only 10 points.

Newcastle were in the lead for Charlie Austin in the summer but we refused to pay the fee on his head at that time – £15M – as did the other clubs linked with him.

Charlie’s contract runs out in the summer and with QPR in 12th position in the Championship and promotion not looking likely (although still possible) QPR could decide to sell their striker in January.

The fee is expected to be about half the £15M QPR were expecting in the summer so Charlie would be a bargain buy, but of course that attracts other clubs.

Southampton have been much more successful than Newcastle over the last three years and are not struggling with relegation and they could be an attractive club for Austin to move to.

The south coast club are in 10th place on 20 points in the Premier league at the moment – 10 points and 9 places above Newcastle United.

The Saints have also become one of the best run clubs in the Premier League in recent years and that cannot be said for Newcastle these days – and we are in a bit of a mess because of the way the club is being run.

It would be bad news if Newcastle cannot get Austin in January and we have no idea who Graham Carr may bring in to score the goals for us in the second half of the season.

Austin has scored 8 goals in 13 appearances this season  and last season he scored 18 Premier League goals in 36 appearances for QPR.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:21 PM


    That would be an Ashley special ! Make Mclaren stay on till just before the window and then get a new manager in so they dont have to spend any money !!!

    Dont think we have enough points on the board this year for the famous shift out lots of players and bring no one in philosophy that we usually employ every year!!

    January is a difficult window to do deals unless you are looking to sell your best players !!

  • 2 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Can see Leicester getting Austin they were the only team to put in an official bid in the summer

    I imagine getting the chance to play with Vardy in that team would be very tempting if you are a striker at the moment !!

  • 3 angelswithdirtyfaces // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:23 PM


    Austin is a side issue – he wouldn’t save us

  • 4 welshgeordie9 // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Yeah I know mate, wouldnt put anything past him.

  • 5 welshgeordie9 // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:26 PM

    Why would Austin come to us when we are struggling or any other player for that matter.

  • 6 jane // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    maybe some players prefer to be a good player in a poor team than another good player in a good team with the chance of not playing much. also maybe it is where the player gets a good vibe about for whatever reason.

  • 7 Thump // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:34 PM

    Ed, I think you’re the only one still interested in him mate.

  • 8 BandB // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    Time Out here guys!!
    Is this the same Charlie Austin who’s CV says “specialises in saving clubs from relegation?”

  • 9 BandB // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Sarcasm aside, I imagine McClaren is casting his eyes around the dressing room in search of scrappers to save him in a relegation fight, and reflecting that if he had some, Mike wouldn’t need to go everywhere with tasty minders.

  • 10 jane // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:45 PM

    is that because they could double up as minders?

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Dec 1, 2015 at 8:49 PM

    Ohh no…Charlie won’t come here!

  • 12 juan // Dec 1, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    He’s set th championship on fire this year ED? NOT. MOVE ON

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