Charlie Austin’s immediate future has been the subject of huge speculation over the last few weeks, with the 26-year-old expected to bounce straight back to the Premier League after suffering relegation with QPR in May, but after reports suggested that the striker’s wage demands were putting clubs off him, Austin himself took to Twitter to dispel any rumours.
With Palace, Newcastle and Aston Villa just some of the clubs who retain a degree of interest in taking him away from Loftus Road this summer, many had assumed that a deal would have been struck by now, but with the Premier League season less than two weeks away, the player remains at QPR, leading to inevitable discussions over the reason for the hold up.
Whilst Rangers’ £15 million valuation is almost certainly the biggest stumbling block for every club that has been linked to the former Swindon Town man, some reports had claimed that Austin was looking for £85,000 a week as part of the deal; which, if Charlie’s recent tweet is anything to go by, is the stuff of pure fiction.
Quite how high clubs such as ourselves should be willing to go in our pursuit of Austin remains a matter of personal preference, with his age and goal record proving to be enough for many to feel that he is worth every penny of the £15 million fee we’ve been quoted, but with all the interested parties still biding their time before pulling the trigger on a deal, you would have assume that financially, any genuine bidder is looking at a serious outlay.
It still seems highly likely that Austin will be leaving west London before the transfer window comes to a close, but with time flying by at a rapid pace, we remain completely in the dark over which club will end up winning the race for signature.
Forget Yohan Cabaye, this has been the true transfer saga of the summer.