Charlie Austin was the subject of a last gasp bid by Newcastle United, according to press reports.

United are said to have offered a ‘£10m player-exchange deal’ which would have seen winger Rolando Aarons heading in the opposite direction.

The claims have come from Newcastle’s preferred media partner The Mirror and despite this late bid failing, they say that United will be back in for Austin in the January window.

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.’

The newspaper report doesn’t elaborate but presumably their claim is that it was £10m plus Aarons in return for Charlie Austin, rather than a straight £10m swap…

Newcastle have been the club most closely linked with the striker over the summer, indeed it was The Mirror who claimed that they’d been told Austin moving to Tyneside was a ‘done deal’ back in June.

The Rangers forward is now in the last year of his contract and has made no indication that he intends to sign another one at Loftus Road, whilst so far Rolando Aarons has refused to extend his deal at Newcastle as well.

The Newcastle winger turns 20 in two months time and despite looking United’s most creative player in the pre season friendlies, he has had only one substitute appearance in the Premier League this season. Aarons was brought on at Swansea with Newcastle already two goals down and playing with 10 men.

He was given a start against Northampton Town in the League Cup but whilst Florian Thauvin on the other wing was man of the match, Rolando Aarons was surprisingly lacklustre and probably United’s weakest player on the night.

As for strikers, Newcastle are now relying on two of the most unpredictable strikers in the Premier League.

Papiss Cisse is an unorthodox striker who one way or another tends to get his fair share of goals, though his team play overall is often poor.

Whilst in Aleksandar Mitrovic, Newcastle’s new first choice striker came as a 20 year old with rough edges from a weak foreign league, but also an excellent goalscoring record. So far we’ve seen a lot of the rough edges and only really in the game at Old Trafford did we see glimpses of the real potential he has in his locker.

Any January move for Charlie Austin would only happen for two reasons, in my opinion.

Firstly, if he was such a bargain that Mike Ashley couldn’t turn it down – something which is very unlikely as there are sure to be other clubs interested in January if he is available.

Secondly, if Newcastle are in a real mess and need instant help, as was the case in January 2013 – hopefully this scenario doesn’t happen again!