Even if Newcastle want to sign long term target Charlie Austin from QPR in the January transfer window, that may now be very difficult because we are again fighting relegation.
It could even be more difficult for Sunderland, who are also said to be interested in Charlie, because they are 5 points behind us in the league and in worse trouble than we are.
Charlie is unlikely to want to join another side fighting relegation after being relegated with QPR only last season.
Charlie Austin – may join a top six club
QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand has even hinted at that when he said this in the Evening Standard.
“I’m realistic and sometimes that gets people upset, but there are teams in the top six of the Premier League that are struggling.”
“If one of those teams come in and bid for Charlie, he will want to go because that’s where he sees himself.” “Charlie’s goals-per-game ratio is up there with the best in the country.”
“But obviously we’d love Charlie to stay until the end of the season because we’d have a great chance of making the play-offs.”
QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has realized he has very little say in whether Charlie is sold or not next month and we have to remember the star striker becomes a free agent in June and will at that time be able to leave QPR for nothing.
This is what the new manager Hasselbaink has said about his star striker:
“I think in football you can’t guarantee anything.” “Everyone wants to make profit and at the end of the day it’s a business.”
“We have to understand that, as a manager and as a club. “Do we want to put him up for sale? No. The club does not want to sell him. But, on the other hand, it’s up to the owners.
“I can only advise. I can only say, ‘No, I don’t want him to leave, I need him. I think they will respect that.”
It will be important for Newcastle to get some wins against Everton and West Brom in our next two games and while we are 4th bottom of the league at the moment just 2 points above Swansea – the last thing we want when January rolls around is to be in the bottom three.
That will make it very difficult for us to sign good players in January – including Charlie Austin.