Two Forwards Newcastle Could Sign Next Month For £14M

Newcastle like to do good deals in the transfer market and two players whose prices have come down since the summer and who also have valuable Premier League experience are QPR striker Charlie Austin and Spurs England International winger Andros Townsend.

The Chronicle yesterday said their information was that the priorities at Newcastle for next month are forwards, so these two would fit into that philosophy.

But if we don’t strengthen the defense next month that could be another huge mistake Lee Charnley and company are making in this upcoming January transfer window.


Andros Townsend – £7M from Tottenham?

There’s been a soap opera with Charlie Austin since the summer but he’s now available at probably less than half the £15M QPR were asking for him in the summer – so at say £7M –  that’s a good deal in anybody’s book.

His 18 goals in 35 appearances in the Premier league for QPR last season is proof of that.

There’s news in the Express today that Andros Townsend is almost certain to leave Spurs next month – so he can get regular football in an attempt to make the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships next June in France.

Andros hasn’t played for Spurs in nearly two months now and Newcastle were one of the clubs interested in the Englishman in the summer when Spurs wanted around £12M for him.

The news in London is that he will be available for a lot less than that next month – so maybe we could get him in for around £7M?

So for around £14M Newcastle could get two English forwards in next month who have Premier League experience and could immediately contribute to the side.

That sounds like a good deal to us.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

112 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 25, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Considering West Ham want £17 million for Andy Carroll sounds OK

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    I think the two most likely we will get this break are Effall and Tosh.

  • chicousa

    Dec 25, 2015 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Should save the money to sign a LB, a CB and a creative midfielder. As for a winger we should extend contract for Rolando Aarons and find some way to keep him healthy. BTW Merry Christmas all!!!

  • chicousa

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #4

    How does it go again: Ashley . . . ?

  • nearly

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #5

    really, why would they want to extend aarons contract what has he done except keep the physio,s busy,not a good sign for a young lad

  • nut meg

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Townsend Austin again…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • chicousa

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    Only because the boy has got incredible speed and talent. Agree that his affinity for the physio room is worrisome. Perhaps a contract extension heavily laced with bonuses for games actually played! 😉

  • nightfa11

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #8

    1. mitro is as good as austin and has potential to be way better than him.
    2. sissoko, thauvin & aarons are as good if not better than townsend.
    3. 14 mio on those 2 would not improve our squad = waste of money.

  • Jib

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #9

    Steve thinks that over the last couple of weeks that Thauvin is starting to “get” what the PL is all about .

    Don’t be surprised if he starts against the Toffees.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #10

    You know very well how it goes, Chico you scamp 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #11

    I really do want Thauvin to come on and do a proper show against Everton. Maybe wishful thinking like.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #12

    The article hinges on Townsend being good value because Andy Carroll cost loads more. I love specious logic.

  • nightfa11

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    we should spend mone on a definite a LB and DMC..not on players who are as good as the ones we have..

    whats the point in that?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m getting impatient for my Xmas Austin article. Bring me a Charlie Austin, bring me a Charlie Austin, bring me a Charlie Austin and bring him right here! Andy Carrolls we sing, and talk of the King, we wish you an Andy Townsend, and even Matip! C’mon kids! SING!

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Just realised when I contracted Andros to Andy for poetic purposes, I turned him into Andy Townshend. What a damming indictment.

  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #16

    lesh // Dec 25, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Now we’ve pulled the crackers and laughed at the riddles –

    How to monkeys make toast? Under the gorilla!!!!

    Where does a pony go when it’s ill? The Horsepital!!

    And the big one:

    Given Ashley’s policy of buy cheap to sell high, can anyone show that it’s worked financially?

    By that I mean take the cost of players, their wages, their sell-on fee and the prize money gained or lost during such players’ presence at the Club?

    In other words, did selling players at a substantial profit cover the cost of their presence at the Club and did they enhance its profile impact on prize money and TV money?

    Specific examples would help – if the poser makes sense.

  • chicousa

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Aaahhh yes….Ashley OUT. Jonjo Shelvy IN. But I am sure Tsunki is right and we will sign Tosh! (heard he scored at will when he used to play for the Wailers). 🙂

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    I wld b ok with Townsend and Austin. You guys shld realise Thauvin Perez Aarons and Mitro are very young and future of NUFC. we shld not rush them into being the star players they cant handle the pressure. You see even Sissoko and Wijnaldum cant handle it some times.

    Austin and Townsend will ease the pressure on them. Bring them on. We have to ease them thru the team.

  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #19

    Must say that when the Chron said that inside info said that our so-called Board feel we’ve ample cover in defence and don’t see the need to buy and strengthen that department, what do they mean by having enough cover?

    If they mean numerically, they’re probably right but is there enough quality among those numbers?

    They do not have a clue and McClaren must be pulling his hair out in frustration – with Carr and Moncur particularly for not supporting him, they being the supposed football experienced.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Lesh I guess you can’t take those things in isolation. Revenue comes in and goes back out in many convoluted ways. The big picture would be the year end accounts report. Even then, the creative bean counters who manipulate the figures of all SD’s affiliate brands will have done their best to cloud the realities.

    I don’t think that players are actually bought as future growing assets per se, more that they are purchased and maintained as controllable losses. Just like any capital expenditure really. I think there’s a certain depreciation related to players going through the club, something the taxman can be apprised of.

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Always on the sick bed. Haidara and Aarons have a future at the club.

    They shld sort it out or shld be sold. They r not useful at the sick bay.

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #22


    I think all the signings we made in the past where good signing who jst lacked good coaching with Mcca on board i believe the move will work.

    What has worried me with most of the signings we made are injury prone.

    Pardew wld have given up on Thauvin already but Mcca is trying to make him better.

  • Toon fm Exeter

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #23

    seasons greetings to you Ed and all the blog readers, let’s hope we can get a result tomorrow though I have my doubts prima donnas out

  • Bambams

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    I still think we have two good strikers and a no 10 in waiting (Mitro Perez and SDJ) our problem I think is two fold. ….No height in CB and lack of cretivity in the middle.
    SDJ needs games, you don’t lose all what he had . He will come good I genuinely believe that.
    Mitro once he realises he doesn’t have to chin everyone to prove himself will score goals. As will Perez….I just feel we don’t create that many chances.
    Wing play is hit and miss but from through the middle we have never had (imho) a decent pairing for years.
    Shelvey is alright but I would look abroad for someone with pure skill. …
    Once we are more offensive it will take pressure off the overworked defence.
    Football is so much clearer after a few Baileys on ice !

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Whereas I think SM might be on borrowed time according to his own timetable, I think the training and fitness staff will need time to show their worth. The injury problems some of our players have had are long standing, and won’t be rectified if at all for some time.

  • lesh

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #26


    Never thought about players being bought with a view to being a cost to the Club.

    But surely Ashley’s aim was to base the Club’s operations on the Arsenal model – buy low, sell high and in the meantime gain additional value in terms of improved performance and success in the Prem and Europe?

    If that’s the case he’s failed in his stratgy.

    Will die

    As above and where he’s failed is not having good coaching staff to develop and showcase those talented players who didn’t build on and capitalise on their potential at SJP.

    This is where penny-pinching bites Ashley’s backside!

  • nufc786

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #27


    Yeah, a new centre back should be a huge priority colo is 5ft 11 and Mbemba is 6ft we need a tough tall commanding centre back…

    we were linked with Jannik Vestergaard before but its all gone quiet…

  • will die for the toon army

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Colo will take us thru the season. And we will access Lasceles.

  • jane

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #29

    it could be a very damp pitch if the rain is going to continue more or less non-stop until the match.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Maybe the weather will work to our advantage the way it did for villa then. Swings and roundabouts etc.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Dec 25, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #31

    looking like a welly boot waddle

    3/4 ” rain (in old money) between now and kickoff is a real soaking.

  • Mag52

    Dec 25, 2015 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #32

    Will Die.

    Lazy dig at Pardew there, suggesting he would already have given up on Thauvin.
    Look at the time he spent on Obertan, with the occasional result. The same with Gouffy. Game after game without a lot to show for it apart from mileage covered.
    Even HBA. At one time in the early days following his bad injury, almost the first name on the team sheet. Then it all went bad following the Frenchman’s unprofessionalism and lack of effort.

  • AncientC

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #33

    “Even HBA. At one time in the early days following his bad injury, almost the first name on the team sheet. Then it all went bad following the Frenchman’s unprofessionalism and lack of effort.”

    Mag52, can you expand on this ‘unprofessionalism’ from HBA. I would also like to know if you believe the other squad members were all pulling their weight as a contrasting backdrop to HBA’s ‘lack of effort.’

    Lastly, were you aware of the apparent contract negotiations that broke down on HBA’s side, which coincidentally led to HBA’s being ostracized and omitted from first team training.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #34

    More like a lazy bit of opportunism to bring up another Pardew tribute. Pffft.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #35

    Facts On Pardew

    Colo in Pardew setup will NEVER EVER SCORE.
    Why? Remember Willo and his Willy Header?

    The only time few matches that Colo was put upfront for Corners/FreeKicks he got the Ball down and Create for Forward Players.

    That few numbers of chances Colo created when put upfront surpassed Willo Full Season.

    That is the Fact.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #36

    Obertan. Whose idea was he to sign? Gouffran, didn’t he actually start out decent and get played to death out of position until his heart went? And HBA? I think the record shows Pardew was unable to fit him into his ‘style’ and ‘ethic’. The crap one where everything was crap all the time.

  • davis_toons

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #37

    “Game after game without a lot to show for it apart from mileage covered.”

    …That’s Pardew For You…

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #38

    Willy header. Classic. 😀

  • jimiley

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #39

    Thauvin at 12 million is an absolute bargain. Where does Carr find them?………… Answer France. And nowhere else.

  • Tsunki

    Dec 25, 2015 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #40

    He also did the same to Jonas as he did to Gouffran. Nice golden handshake at the end of that one too.


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