When you read all the articles about Charlie Austin and nothing seems to be really happening the theory that Newcastle are in the lead for his signature and Charlie wants to move to Newcastle seems like it may even be true.
But we know that Newcastle are reported not to be willing to pay the full £15M for the player that QPR want – but it does seem that few other clubs are willing to bid that amount either.
Charlie Austin – in England gear
Leicester City reportedly bid £12M for the player and that was turned down, but it doesn’t look like the Foxes will be back with a higher bid.
Leicester’s coach Kevin Phillips believes there are enough strikers already at the King Power Stadium – and he had this to say today:
“Charlie Austin would be an attractive proposition for any club.” “But we have five very good strikers here already. I think having six would be a bit too much.”
Some of Leicester City’s strikers are David Nugent, Jamie Vardy, Andrej Kramaric and Leonardo Ulloa.
And QPR coach Chris Ramsey has talked today, and he says there have been no concrete offers for Charlie yet:
“There have been offers. A player of Charlie’s ability, there will always be speculation.” “At the moment, there has been nothing concrete.”
“We’ve had offers that we’ve rejected, and we’ve had offers that Charlie himself has not been happy to take on.” “At the moment, he’s a QPR player and he’s working hard in training.”
The only way that QPR would want to keep Charlie is if he signed a new deal at QPR, but we have to think they want to sell Charlie for as much as they can get this summer, before his current deal runs out next June.
It seems that Newcastle are still in the driver’s seat, and we may even wait a week or two as the pressure grows on QPR to take less than £15M for him.
If they don’t then QPR run the risk of him leaving as a free agent next summer, when they would get nothing for him.
What do you think?