There´s news in the Mirror today that Alan Pardew´s Crystal Palace have moved to the front of the queue and are now favorites to sign Newcastle target Charlie Austin of QPR – who we were very interested in over the summer but refused to pay the £15M asking price.
The 26-year-old would help Newcastle score some goals but we are not exactly the quickest to move in the transfer market.
Charlie Austin – Palace expected to win the race for striker
Newcastle usually dilly and dally over what the price is for any of our targets – and that indecision has cost us some good players in the past.
The way we failed to sign Dele Alli a year ago is testament to that.
Southampton – who have now moved to be favorites to sign Henri Saivet from Bordeaux are also interested in signing the 26 year-old QPR striker.
Newcastle must sign a striker this month, and we again missed some chances to go ahead against Arsenal yesterday, when we went down to our third 1-0 defeat in a row by again conceding a late goal.
Newcastle sink deeper into relegation trouble – and that´s not good during the transfer window, when we will be trying to attract some good players to the club.
Alan Pardew wants to sign a striker to replace on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, who has ended his unsuccessful season-long loan spell early.
Bamford has now returned to parent club Chelsea after appearing only 8 times for Palace – mostly as a substitute.
Newcastle could really do with signing a proven goalscorer like Austin this month, but it looks like we could be beaten out by either Palace or the Saints.
That´s how much Newcastle as a club have fallen in the football world in the last couple of years and we don´t even know if Chief Scout Graham Carr wants to sign the Englishman.
The recent news is that he wants to sign £15M rated Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi – who as usual with players from France – is untested in the Premier League..
The news in the local Newcastle press is that manager Steve McClaren wants Charlie at Newcastle and the striker scored 18 goals in 35 Premier League games last season and is available at around £7M since he becomes a free agent in the summer.