QPR manager Chris Ramsey has been talking to TALKsport today and he’s talked about – what else – the sale of their top striker Charlie Austin.
But QPR may be being too greedy in trying to get the most money for their striker, and Chris has said they have already turned down a £12M bid (presumably by Leicester City) for the 26 year-old.
Charlie Austin – QPR want in excess of £15M for him
This is what Chris has said today:
“The club is in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money, and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros.”
“We have to be realistic, it’s unlikely he’ll stay. We want to keep him but it’s unlikely.” “In excess” of £15M (when asked hoW much they want).” “We’ve been offered £12M and turned it down so we’re looking in excess of £15M.”
“Goalscoring is something you can’t coach, it’s just a habit that some people have. He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay.”
“He puts in a shift in training.” “I don’t think he’s going to be one of those whose head is all over the place. It’s hard for any young man with this sort of attention to not be affected but he’s been very good.”
We are ready to believe that Charlie wants to come to Newcastle, and that he knows we are very interested in him and he is simply waiting his time until QPR are willing to let him go for whatever Newcastle will pay for him – maybe £13M so as to beat the Leicester City bid.
We don’t know if that’s true, but with just one year left on his contract he should be cheaper than £15M – and Charlie has also said he would like QPR to reduce the amount they want for him.
With Charlie being a free agent next summer is why many clubs want to bid £15M for him, and of course QPR could miss out big time if they don’t sell Charlie this summer, because even if they then sell him in January he will come at a lot less than £15M.
We’ll just have to wait and see – but if we do end up getting Charlie, it will be more plaudits to Lee Charnley – and another player who wants to join Newcastle.
The great players we are bringing in this summer will also send a message to the 26 year-old striker that Newcastle want to become a top club again in England – we really hope Newcastle want to do that now.
It may happen and it may not happen (how’s that for being decisive), but Newcastle just like QPR – can’t wait too long this summer.
If QPR continue to hold on for £15M or more, Newcastle may need to bring in another striker before September (or keep Papiss Cisse at the club), and then we can still buy Charlie for a much lower fee in January or as a free agent next summer.
It’s certainly an interesting situation with Charlie Austin.