International football means no Premier League football, means nothing interesting happening (apart from how many goals Wayne Rooney has scored against pub teams masquerading as modern day national sides) and so what better time than to revisit Charlie Austin and Newcastle United.

The club’s media partner led the way with the following.

The Mirror:

‘Newcastle made a deadline-day move for Charlie Austin – and hope they could still win the battle to sign him.

As it became clear that no club was going to meet Austin’s £15m valuation, it is understood the Magpies sounded out QPR over a £10m player-exchange deal involving their young midfielder Rolando Aarons.’

So Newcastle had tried and failed to sign Charlie Austin at the last minute and tried to offload Rolando Aarons as a make-weight in the deal, allegedly.

Within hours The Chronicle had come charging to Newcastle United’s assistance, claiming that ‘an agent’ had put forward two deals which Newcastle had dismissed out of hand, were ‘delighted’ with the summer transfers and most definitely hadn’t been happy to try and use Aarons as part of any deal.

The Chronicle:

‘The Chronicle understands that an agent, who claimed to be representing Queens Park Rangers, tried to set up a deal that would have resulted in the teenage winger switching to Loftus Road and Charlie Austin heading the over direction.

The cost of the deal to Newcastle was £10million and would have meant the Magpies losing one of their prize assets in the 19-year-old former Bristol City trainee.

The agent, not an employee of either Newcastle or Rangers but said to be working on behalf of the London club’s director of football Les Ferdinand, also suggested that Austin would be available to United at the end of the window for £12million.

But Newcastle turned down both offers and have since stated they are delighted with their work in the transfer window this summer.’

Ironically both newspapers are owned by the same company, though with different editorial teams of course.

The question is, who do you believe?

Very timely that the Chronicle had the story about there being this mysterious agent, immediately after The Mirror had put up the story saying it was actually Newcastle United who were trying to do a late late deal.

The truth is out there somewhere but until Aleksandar Mitrovic starts doing the business, one thing is for sure.

Fans and journalists alike are going to wonder if Newcastle have made the right choice in going for the Serbian ahead of the QPR striker.

Charlie Austin already has four goals in five (Championship) matches, whilst we know for sure that Aleksandar Mitrovic will have no goals after six Newcastle’s Premier League games are completed, his suspension meaning he becomes available once again for the matches against Chelsea and Manchester City at the end of the month.

If Papiss Cisse scores goals in Mitrovic’s absence and keeps his place, then that will add a postive (for NUFC) but extra confusing element as to how quickly the former Anderlecht forward can get settled into the Premier League and (hopefully) start scoring goals.

Fingers crossed that Newcastle pick up a couple of wins against Watford and West Ham and then the pressure will be taken off a bit when Mitrovic does step back into the team.

The thought of still no wins and the number nine having to be thrown straight back in out of desperation against Chelsea and Manchester City…could be an explosive mix.

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