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.
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.