Former Newcastle striker and current QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand has told clubs interested in striker Charlie Austin that the 25 year-old old, who has scored 17 Premier League goals this season, will not come cheap.
Charlie Austin – 25 year-old QPR striker
QPR will host Newcastle on Saturday in their first game since that were relegated on Sunday by losing 6-0 at Manchester City, and obviously they will be selling Charlie Austin this summer, and will want to get as much as they can for their best player.
This is what Les Ferdinand told the London Evening Standard:
“This club isn’t going to be a bargain bucket. Charlie has had a fantastic year in terms of scoring in the Premier League with 17 in his debut season.” “He is fourth in the list of top scorers and that is in a team which has been relegated.”
“That is a phenomenal strike rate.” “We can gloss over it as much as we want, but people are going to court him, people are going to come after him.” “Can we keep him? We are going to sit down with Charlie and talk to him.”
“But it will come down to him and his agent to decide what’s best for Charlie Austin.” “But I’m not even going to talk about what figure we will ask for from other clubs because we are going to try and keep him.”
Les doesn’t want to talk about the transfer fee, because he doesn’t want to put a cap on it – if he says £10M then maybe a club would have been willing to pay £12M for him – so that’s why he doesn’t want to talk about the fee.
There’s just no way that QPR will be able to keep Charlie, and the news yesterday was that Newcastle were now odds-on favorites to sign the striker in the summer – always assuming Newcastle don’t accompany QPR into the second division this summer.
That’s a possibility, but if we should survive then Newcastle will need to sign a lot of players this summer, because many will want out because of the trials and tribulations this season, and the fact that Mike Ashley has again shown he’s not interested in having a top side.
Some players will leave because they will be sold, or because their contracts will not be renewed.
Charlie would be a great signing for Newcastle United, but we will probably have to cough up £10M to get him – and we know Mike Ashley likes cheap – like in the transfer fees he pays for players coming into the club.
It’s the opposite for players leaving the club.