Newcastle United target Charlie Austin will line up against Charlton Athletic this weekend if he is fit, and by playing he could get injured and risk his big move – probably to Newcastle United before the end of the month.
But with QPR not getting any bids that have been acceptable to them for Charlie they are ready to go ahead and play their two transfer targets – Charlie Austin and Leroy Fer in the Championship – starting this Saturday at Charlton.
Charlie Austin – could play on Saturday
QPR, Newcastle and Charlie himself will all be hoping the big striker does not get injured, but QPR are the club that will lose most if he does pick up an injury and cannot be transferred this month.
If Charlie is not sold this month he could be put up for sale in January, but the fee will be a lot less than £15M, because next summer he will become a free agent and will leave QPR for nothing.
QPR head coach Chris Ramsey is insisting the London club want the full amount for their striker:
“I think we’ve had a couple of bids but they’ve not been the right amount of money that we value a player of his quality.” “If we get the right offer, he won’t be here which is a shame but economics are economics. If he’s fit he’ll be playing for QPR.”
Charlie was injured and couldn’t play in the 1-1 draw with Atalanta on Sunday, but he has still trained the last couple of days, so he is likely to be ready to play on Saturday.
So maybe before Saturday Newcastle could make a move and see if QPR will sell for less than£15M – otherwise the brinkmanship will continue, and everybody has to hope Charlie doesn’t get injured.
Newcastle have played this kind of game before in the transfer market – maybe we can even be successful this time?
On Monday 31st August?