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Crystal Palace Now Favorites To Beat Newcastle To Striker

1:36 am, Sunday, January 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 3 Comments

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.

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Scouting Network · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ilovetoon8788 // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:39 AM

    I think ayoze was our weakest player. At fault for goal. Decided to fall asleep infront of goal and kocielny toe poked it into the net.

    Defensive positioning was atrocious and he simply doesn’t have the defensive discipline.

    That is in contrast to what thauvin has. Thauvin is very discipline and gas the know-how to to defend.

    Mclaren is a poor manager and he is the worst manager in the league in utilising his subs. I feel if he made better use of subs we could have won more games.

    I really have no idea why mclaren simply refuses to use the subs early. Brining on sdj in the 87 min. God sake..

  • 2 lesh // Jan 3, 2016 at 1:53 AM

    Salvet missed? Austin missed? No surprises but in Austin’s case, we could’ve had him last summer had it not been for the penny-pinching attitude of Charnley and his master!

    If they’d paid even £15m for Austin when they had the chance, we’d probably have more goals and thus more points in the bag.

    What price economy?

    Will they ever learn? Unlikely, sad to say.

  • 3 U.S Magpie // Jan 3, 2016 at 4:03 AM

    Yes Austin this and Austin that. Hasn’t he been injured most of the season. Not sure why we would purchase him if that’s the case.

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