Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has Crystal Palace in 5th place on 31 points half way through the season and 14 points and 13 places above his former club Newcastle, where Steve McClaren is having difficulties at the start of his Newcastle career.
The Chronicle has reported today that QPR striker Charlie Austin is open to joining Newcastle in the January transfer window, but we don’t know if there’s anything behind that comment.
Charlie Austin – will likely leave QPR this month
But with Charlie likely to be available for around £8M this month, there will surely be a number of Premier League clubs interested in getting him and one is said to be London club Crystal Palace, who are pushing for a Champions League place this season.
Pardew could offer Austin a good deal at Palace with their new £100M windfall from American investors and no change in location necessary for Charlie and his new wife.
The problem Newcastle have is that we are again fighting against relegation and we wonder if that will now affect our chances of finally getting Charlie to Tyneside.
We hope that’s not the case but our very poor start to the season will certainly not have helped us.
And there are reports coming out of France today that our major midfield target – Henri Saivet of Bordeaux – is having second thoughts about joining Newcastle because of our poor league position and the chances that we could even be relegated in May.
What do you think?