Newcastle Transfer Target Could Be Too Expensive

QPR’s new manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has let it be known that Charlie Austin will not be allowed to leave in January for a reduced fee – Hasselbaink said he will not be allowed to be pinched by other clubs.

From QPR’s viewpoint that makes some sense because if the new manager can get the side playing well and pick up some momentum then it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that QPR could be promoted back to the Premier league.

And if that happens they may lose Charlie in the summer and get nothing for him or he may decide to stay with QPR.

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Charlie Austin – he will not be pinched

But even if they lose him for nothing the money that get by getting back in the Premier League is massive – so they may try to keep him in January.

QPR are in 12th place on 26 points after 19 games and they are only 3 points out of a play-off place and 13 points behind Middlesbrough in second place and an automatic play-off position.

They were promoted two years ago through the playoffs when they beat Steve McClaren’s Derby Count 1-0 when QPR were down to 10 men and won it with 90th minute goal from Bobby Zamora.

Hasselbaink is an up-and-coming manager and he said he wants to bring stability to QPR and this is what he had to say specifically about his striker Charlie Austin:

“You don’t pinch. He’s not going to be pinched.”  “I’m looking forward to working with Charlie, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone else as well. Charlie Austin is a very important individual at this club.

“But it’s a team game. I want to have a team. I don’t want individuals. You need a team and eventually teams win you titles. Individuals win just the game.

“We need to hit the ground with both feet, not one, and concentrate on a Saturday, and the league will take care of itself. That’s the easiest way, and that’s the best way.”

Charlie Austin has  Austin’s eight goals so far in 13 appearances in the Championship and last season he scored 18 Premier league goals in 35 league appearances.

If Charlie Austin is available for about £8M in January we still think Newcastle will be interested.

But not much more than that for a player who will be a free agent in the summer.

And there is news today we are interested in West Brom’s 22 year-old striker Saido Berahino.

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #1

    Ashley Out!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Ahhhhh…… let us warm u our bones on the comfort of a nice Charlie Austin article. Mmmmm…

  • Graeme

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #3

    We buying Charlie Austin eh?? Fancy that!!

  • welshgeordie9

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Charlie Austin, never heard of him.

    Ha ha ha

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #5

    Rhodes is a better option I think

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 8, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Unfortunately whether we like it or not there are half a dozen clubs outside of the traditional top four that are a better proposition than us if he does become a free agent

  • jayphoto

    Dec 8, 2015 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Honestly think if we were buying Austin he’d be here already. Reckon Carr doesn’t fancy him and thats who ok’s signings (rightly or wrongly)
    To be fair hes an old fashion centre foward but his hold up play, link up play, pace, vision are pretty poor. His chance conversion is shocking too. He scored goals yes but for a relegated team QPR created alot of chances all for austin up front.
    Reckon newcastles name was used to try and drum up interest as his representatives were surprised by the lack of it.
    He’ll end up staying in london on a free transfer

  • usmagpie

    Dec 8, 2015 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    Lets be Honest here Jimmy Hasslebonk, You don’t own the club and the club may see that losing out in the summer on a gamble that you may be able to get them back into the premiership. Sorry James but if Austin has any outside chance of playing in the Euro’s this year it isn’t playing for QPR in the Championship. He will want to transfer out and what better opportunity than to come to the black and white and save our season with 10 – 15 goals. That’s his outside chance of the Euro’s plus a hero worship at Newcastle. Proven striker last year would be welcome, only thing that will stop this is not him or QPR, but Newcastle being stupid. SHIT I guess he isn’t coming to us then. What a waste of typing skills, I should of started off with the last paragraph.

  • lesh

    Dec 9, 2015 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #9

    No surprises there then. It was inevitable.

    Ok £15m might have seemed expensive in the summer but if he’d come to SJP we may not have been scratching for a points and in the relegation zone.

    Maybe that £15m might seem like pennies if we’re relegated.


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