The Charlie Austin to Newcastle transfer saga has filled many a back page over the course of the summer.
Indeed the club’s media partner The Mirror, stated two months ago that they’d been told by the club that Charlie Austin was a ‘done deal’ and would sign within a matter of days.
However, Steve McClaren has now confirmed that all of the press claims, including The Mirror’s, are absolute rubbish.
When asked after the defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach what the story is with Charlie Austin, the Newcastle Head Coach stated that there had been zero contact either way between Queens Park Rangers and Newcastle United at any time this summer.
“There has been a lot of talk about that throughout the weeks but we have not been in contact with QPR.
“And they have not with us, so no, that is just a name that circulates and has been going around.”
For me, there are two major mysteries.
Firstly, why nobody apart from Leicester have taken serious interest in Charlie Austin.
Secondly, why Newcastle especially haven’t taken any interest in a striker who scored 18 goals in only 35 Premier League matches last season.
Especially when he had 59 goals in 98 starts in three Championship seasons before that.
Aleksandar Mitrovic has looked a rough diamond in his brief appearances so far and has loads of potential. However, Newcastle desperately need goals this season and Charlie Austin looks a knocking bet to be able to do that.
The problem of course being that he will be already on Premier League wages and also any club is unlikely to find he can increase in value in the next couple of years if they buy him – two massive reasons why it is no surprise Mike Ashley hasn’t allowed Newcastle to go for him.