Les Ferdinand says that Queens Park Rangers are looking at offering Charlie Austin a new contract.
The QPR Director Of Football says that he and everybody else at the club aren’t naive, and understand the striker is likely to leave, but want to protect their position if he doesn’t.
West London Sport say that they have been told by their club sources that no Newcastle offer has been made, despite the buzz yesterday as United fans were led to believe a deal could be close.
Rangers had to accept that Austin was not going to commit to signing another contract during last season, as relegation looked more and more on the cards.
However, with only one year to go on his current deal, QPR are considering offering the striker a new deal just so that he doesn’t potentially leave on the cheap in January or for nothing next summer.
“It (a new Charlie Austin contract) is something that we’re considering at the moment,” Ferdinand said.
“Then we would have put the ball back in Charlie’s court in terms of what he wants to do.”
“We all understand the situation, we are not naive.
“After what he did last season, whether you have a two, three or four year contract, if you score 18 goals in the Premier League then there are people looking for British-based players.”
Just how seriously Newcastle United are ‘trying’ to sign Charlie Austin must be open to question.
At best it looks as though they see him as some kind of fallback position if some other deal fails that Mike Ashley thinks offers better value.
However, you then always face the danger of finding out that your second choice has been snapped up by somebody else whilst you were courting a more attractive proposition.
With three weeks until the season kicks off, it must surely be time for United to take decisive action and bring Charlie Austin and/or another credible striker to Tyneside.