We had wondered whether QPR would risk injury to the players they are expecting to leave the club this summer, and both Charlie Austin and Leroy Fer have not been included in the squad to play Atalanta today.
Both players have been linked with Newcastle this summer, although Charlie Austin has been heavily favored to join the Magpies, if only a fee can only be arranged with QPR for his signature.
Charlie Austin – not in QPR squad for today’s friendly
QPR fans have reacted to Charlie being left out of the side and here’s what Charlie put out on his twitter account to allay any fears.
Only trained twice this week that is why I’m not playing today don’t panic
— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) August 2, 2015
There was news yesterday that Newcastle would try to seal the deal for Austin this week, but Steve McClaren said he didn’t expect anybody to be signed before the Premier League kicks off next weekend.
However, we reported on the news today that West Ham may make a move for Charlie after they lost Enner Valencia with a serious knee and ankle injury in their Europa League tie last week against Astra Giurgiu.
West Ham said it was a significant injury and it looks like the Ecuador International could be out maybe even for the rest of the year.
Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is also out injured again – this time with a medial ligament injury to his knee, and the big striker is not expected back until late October.
If West Ham do make a bid for Austin and it is accepted, that would presumably see Newcastle go into action to try to do the deal.
Newcastle would probably match West Ham’s bid, since the news is that Charlie wants to join Newcastle, as his first choice.