Chris Ramsey has laid out exactly what both Charlie Austin and Queens Park Rangers are looking for, if a club wants to sign the Championship side’s star player.
Going into a surprising amount of detail, Ramsey claims that the striker will stay at Loftus Road if nobody satisfies both player and club demands, though he accepts it is unlikely he won’t be sold in this transfer window.
The QPR boss insists:
One club (Leicester) have offered £12m which QPR rejected.
QPR are looking for over £15m.
Austin wants a team in the top half of the table.
Charlie Austin has turned down a number of offers already
The Striker could well be still at QPR when the season starts (but the transfer window is still open) in two weeks time.
Taking Chris Ramsey’s words at face value, it would appear to rule out Newcastle United, unless the reference to a ‘top half of the table’ team could be construed as a club which could/should be there with credible investment in the squad.
As for an insistence on over £15m, there have been numerous claims from journalists close to Newcastle United claiming their top offer would be some way short of even £15m, never mind over that figure.
I still can’t imagine Mike Ashley being willing to pay what it takes and pay the kind of wages a player already with a track record in the Premier League would demand, rather than the likes of Wijnalduma and Mitrovic who have come from the lower waged Dutch and Belgian leagues.
I also tend to think that Mitrovic and Austin are two quite similar players, so unless the thinking is to have a partnership like Shearer and Ferdinand (that’s something to live up to…) had at St James Park, I don’t see how they are an ideal fit in this modern era of only one up front etc etc.
Chris Ramsey talking to Talksport
“With a player of Charlie’s ability, there will always be speculation and we have had offers that we’ve rejected.
“We’ve been offered £12million and turned it down, so we’re looking in excess of £15million. Goalscoring is not something you can coach, it is just a habit that some people have.”
Top half of the table team:
“We have to be realistic and it is unlikely he will stay, we want to keep him but it is unlikely. The club’s in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros.
“He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay. We have had offers that Charlie himself has not been happy to take on.”
Still at QPR for the start of the season:
“At the moment, he’s a QPR player and he’s working hard in training. I’m having the idea that he will be here into the season.
“If he is here during the season then he is going to be someone that we want to use.”