Steve Parish spent some time on TalkSPORT last night, speaking to Jason Cundy and Andy Goldstein about all things Crystal Palace, revealing in amongst a host of other things, that the club are not in the running for QPR’s Charlie Austin.
The former Swindon Town striker was a huge hit in the Premier League last season, bagging 18 goals for the Hoops despite their relegation back to the Championship and now, it looks as though the 25-year-old will be leaving Loftus Road to return to the top flight, but not with us.
Although Parish was quick to admit that both Alan Pardew and the board of directors are big admirers of Austin, it sounds as if the financial package required to take him away from the west Londoners will be too substantial for us to cope with, given the level of interest in him from other parties. Indeed, Aston Villa, Newcastle and Chelsea have all been mentioned as potential destinations for the striker, who, despite the uncertainty over his future, is maintaining publicly that he is 100% committed until QPR until told otherwise.
Whilst it would be fantastic for Palace to add Austin to their attacking ranks before the transfer window closes, it would undoubtedly require us to break our record transfer fee for the second time in a matter of weeks after the recent arrival of Yohan Cabaye, which understandably, isn’t something that the club are particularly comfortable with.
After the announcement that Patrick Bamford has agreed to join the club on a season-long loan from Chelsea, you would guess that we could perhaps be in the market for one more striker before the window closes at the end of August, but for now, we are still waiting for concrete news on who that person may be, with the club having done a pretty good job of keeping their transfer business quiet so far this summer.
For now though, it’s good to be able to put any hope of Austin joining the club out of our minds for good. Of course, it would have been great to bring him in, but with more than enough uncertainty floating around over other summer targets, any definitive news is always welcome.