The latest Charlie Austin revelation isn’t a…revelation.
The Queens Park Rangers striker has spoken to Talksport and said that he turned down a move to a Premier League club in the summer, claiming that it ‘wasn’t right’ for both himself and his family.
Instantly, this has then led to a lot of other media using the quotes and claiming that Newcastle United are definitely/possibly the club in question.
I’ve got no idea whether Charlie Austin would fancy coming to St James Park or not but I don’t think it takes a genius to work out which club this is about.
Here’s a clue, it isn’t Newcastle.
In their desperation to link NUFC with Austin’s latest comments, the press are guilty of very short memories.
In the summer Leicester City made a £12m bid which was widely reported and publicly acknowledged at the time, as well as QPR rejecting it.
Leicester made the offer in early July and it was whilst they were managerless, with Nigel Pearson having departed and Ranieri not yet appointed.
We await with interest to see what Newcastle will do, if anything, in January with regard to Charlie Austin.
I think a lot of factors will be involved, particularly of course whether Newcastle have any genuine interest in the forward.
If they do, then any potential move could/would hinge on whether QPR are serious promotion contenders, has Aleksandar Mitrovic made a name for scoring goals instead of picking up cards, and also whether Papiss Cisse has at last got the move that has been rumoured for at least a couple of seasons now.
Charlie Austin talking to Talksport:
“I turned down a move (to a club in the Premier League) which wasn’t right for me and my family.
“I didn’t feel it was right for me to go, so I stayed at QPR.”