Charlie Austin fills another day’s headlines for some this morning, with claims that Newcastle United have bid £14m for the striker.
The supposed bid has been reported by the Express and follows up their earlier claim that Southampton had started the bidding with a £10m offer, something the Saints denied.
However, in this latest Express story, they want us to believe that Southampton have now bid £13.75m and Newcastle have ‘gazumped’ them with this £14m offer.
Personally, I can’t help but feel that Charlie Austin has already decided where he is going next and a deal is probably agreed, with only the public announcement to come.
With only one year left on his Rangers contract and QPR’s relegation confirmed some time ago, it isn’t as though the striker making a move is any great surprise to anybody.
Turning 26 in 11 days time and his wedding taking place in the coming days, this will be by far the biggest contract and decision in Charlie Austin’s lifetime.
With most of these deals for high profile players it usually turns out that their agent has been negotiating with whichever clubs for a long period.
You would have to be very naive to believe that the starting point for the striker deciding his next club is going to start now. Especially when with international duty for England, his summer is even more crowded in what is already a shorter close season than almost any other that has gone before. Then with his wedding and honeymoon etc on top of that.
Six weeks on Saturday the Premier League kicks off again, in 7 days pre season starts for Newcastle, plus in two and a half weeks time the United squad fly out to America.
When the Newcastle players return from the States they will have just over two weeks before playing their first Premier League game.
It isn’t only Charlie Austin who needs to decide his next move as quickly as possible…in the unlikely event he hasn’t already done so.