If it didn’t already feel like 2015 with an underwhelming Head Coach being announced who’s been promised a larger transfer budget. Then a link to Charlie Austin will do just the trick.
Football Insider 247 are reporting that Newcastle are looking to sign the disgruntled Southampton striker after he has been transfer listed.
This is what Wayne Veysey is reporting as an exclusive:
Newcastle United are plotting a bid to sign newly available Southampton striker Charlie Austin, Football Insider understands.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the club have turned their attention to Austin after he was transfer listed by Southampton.
Austin has been in the news over the past few days for all the wrong reasons. He tweeted a picture of the frozen Jack Nicholson from The Shining yesterday indicating he had been frozen out of the club.
This was in reference to him not being part of Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s pre-season squad for their training camp in Austria.
Charlie Austin– strongly linked to Newcastle four years ago
Austin has just one year remaining on his contract and reportedly wants to see if out with Southampton. So much so that he has just rejected a move to West Brom.
The report has Austin’s fee set at £8m but if Newcastle are truly interested they may be able to get him for much less. However, at 30 years old he is well past his best.
He’s scored 20 goals in his 81 appearances for Saints since joining them two and a half years ago from QPR. He has proven to be at best a top Championship level player.
He did manage an excellent 66 goals in 129 appearances in England’s second division. He has, however, failed to reciprocate that rate in the Premier League.
We don’t see much in this one, to be honest. If we’re going to bring in a broken down 30-year-old striker, we might as well bring back our own Andy Carroll.