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Newcastle To Be Outbid For Top Striker Target

7:51 am, Tuesday, January 5th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 15 Comments

If Newcastle don’t bring in the required players this month then we will in all likelihood be relegated and if we don’t bring them in because we are outbid by other Premier League clubs for our top targets and refuse to pay up for the right players – then we will deserve to be relegated.

That will be yet another example of how the club is run and that we will not pay over the odds for any player – even if it means putting the side once again in jeopardy  – which has been done far too many times with Mike Ashley as the owner.

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Charlie Austin – Crystal Palace to move for the striker

In short – money is more important then that strength of the squad at Newcastle.

But it seems that’s almost exactly what may happen this month with Alan Pardew and Crystal Palace reportedly launching a £7.5M bid for Charlie Austin this month and Newcastle may not be willing to match that amount for the 26 year-old.

The Sun is reporting that Palace are ready to put in that bid for the QPR striker and given they will lose Charlie for nothing in the summer when he becomes a free agent – that’s a good deal for QPR.

That’s exactly half of what QPR were asking for their striker last summer, when Newcastle were reported to be the favorites to land the striker – and the fact we didn’t is just one reason we are in such a mess right now in the league with too many goals conceded and not enough goals scored.

Palace have only scored 23 goals in their 20 Premier League games but that’s still four goals more than Newcastle have scored and o Palace have 14 more points and have conceded 16 goals less than the Magpies – this season.

That illustrates just how poorly we have done so far this season.


It’s always difficult for people to  get a club out of trouble when it’s the same ones that have got us into the mess we are in.

But that’s what we are hoping for and the January transfer window is so important.

Newcastle need to get a lot more ambitious than we’ve ever been under Ashley – and we need to match the ambitions of Crystal Palace – which is a much smaller club than Newcastle United.

That’s true isn’t it?

You may think we have little confidence in those running the club from the top – like Lee Charnley for example – and you’d be right with that assumption.

If we can get Loic Remy in on loan and buy Charlie Austin in January – notice that getting those players in will not cost more than say £8.5M – we would almost be assured of Premier League safety this season.

Then we could build for the future in the summer..

That’s what Newcastle should be trying to do.

It’s called being ambitious.

Comments welcome.

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

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 sing in the corner // Jan 5, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Ah, good morning Charlie! Good to see you again.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Well not like we need a striker is it? Plus we don’t want to get above our station thinking we can compete with giants of the game like Crystal Palace

  • 3 hibbitt // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    even if we match the money he going to stay in london ……………..palace would be a good move for him he must be sick of being relegated

  • 4 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    You really need to get over your love in with Austin. Nobody signed him in the summer for a reason. Very few seem to be interested in him in January.

    Palace could be the only club that bids, and given not a single one of their strikers has scored this season from open play in the league then you can see why they are panicking and signing him whilst nobody else wants him.

    He isn’t even fit at the moment, either that, or he isn’t deemed good enough to play for QPR….

  • 5 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:15 AM

    We need a striker with pace, a mobile forward who offers more on the counter and is able to create chances. Austin does not fit this category. He is the same style as Mitro. Given we don’t play in a way that suits Mitro, Austin would be no better. Start playing with out and out wingers who deliver good service in to the box on a regular basis, and Mitro will get goals, just like Austin would. Don’t do this and neither would score regularly.

    We need options, players that allow us to change a game plan when we need to.

  • 6 firebug666 // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    I pay no heed to all this paper talk, here we are again, Newcastle beaten to this player or that player, when the reality is we are never in for those players in the first place.

    If anyone does come in, it will most likely be a cheap import who will need at least 6 months to bed into the team.

    Now that’s the Newcastle way!

  • 7 firebug666 // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Rafa Benitez’s next job: Newcastle United bookies favourites if he returns to England

    In our dreams, Ashley and Co will not sack SM, he the perfect patsy after the inept one. Rafa to Newcastle, I can just see him now laughing and shaking his head as he hangs up the phone.

  • 8 Mag52 // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:27 AM

    Palace haven’t a reliable goal scorer up front, especially after Bolasie’s injury, and their success so far this season has been based on the old football formula – start with a solid defence.
    They, unlike us, seem to have no problem with getting in older players with experience, and if they do get hold of Remy, Austin, or both, they’re going to kick on this season.

  • 9 Lilongwe Geordie // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Austin would struggle at Palace. They create very little opportunities for their centre forward. They are reliant on set pieces, or Bolasie getting in behind and scoring. Austin will do a better job than Wickham, but it will not be by a huge amount.

    Remy would do well for them though.

  • 10 jazzyp // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    How can we be outbid on a player when nobody has bid on him ???.
    I personally think we would be lucky to get this guy anyway with the current plight we find our selves in.
    Cheap fake imports are not gonna cut it no more, Can they not see this is a massive flaw in Nufc’s Dna.
    Tell ya what lets buy Obertan…oh look he’s crap, lets go and buy Marveaux then in the same position… damn it he’s pants as well.Tell ya what lets make it third time lucky and buy another cheap import in Gouffy…. well damn and blast we’ve done it again…. Best thing we can do to cover our arses is get rid of Ben arfa for nothing in the meantime, that I’ll look like we mean business !!

  • 11 nightfa11 // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    poacher with 1 season in epl.. pass..

    remy is twice the player..

  • 12 The overrated Frenchman // Jan 5, 2016 at 8:36 AM

    As if a striker is all we need. One of the more sensible posters pointed out recently that we just don’t make enough chances. Everybody seems to dwell on the ones we miss but that’s missing the point. We basically concede at least a goal every game. So generally we need to score at least a couple to win. I don’t know what the statistics are, but my guess is that it probably takes about eight chances to get two goals on a regular basis. Maybe six. Anyway, it is cloud-cuckoo-land to think that we just need a striker to save us. The problems go deeper than that. We had proven PL strikers in the last relegation season. Midfield is a dog’s breakfast and our defence is inherently brittle. I won’t even mention the coaching and tactics. What’s to like about this club in 2016 other than the history? Sod all, I’d say.

  • 13 Toonmania // Jan 5, 2016 at 9:01 AM

    I’m sorry Ed I know your only taking stories from the papers, but that headline is just wrong how can anyone know we are going to be outbid for any players with the exception of the people dealing with it.
    Not only that you must remember NUFC are notoriously slow at doing any transfer work in the first place the chances are they won’t be outbid at all as to be outbid the other party ACTUALLY has to make a bid and that isn’t NUFC style we only get the dregs that nobody bids for as they are cheap, injured, or not good enough for the lower league (whichever country) we get them from

  • 14 JamRec // Jan 5, 2016 at 1:04 PM

    I have to agree with Ed here. Austin would make all the difference for us and with Remy as well we would 100% avoid relegation. Yes there are other areas where we need to strengthen but I think if we had had an experienced striker in the team for the first half of the season, then we would not be where we are now! Frenchman I get what you are saying about missing chances, but we are not just missing a few chances, we are missing every chance and we are missing chances that should not be missed!! If we had had an experienced striker with us at Arsenal we would have taken 3 points, at the very least 1 point!

    The difference between us now and in previous relegation times, is that the players are giving 110% and creating chances, we just need that end product, which you get from an experienced striker!!

  • 15 widowmagandapoke // Jan 5, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    I would like to see us go for Remy and Shelvey. That wouldn’t cost a fortune and would keep us up. But would we go through the same penny pinching again next summer?

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