Neil Warnock has claimed that Charlie Austin is paying QPR back in kind because they put obstacles in the way of him leaving in the summer.
It was only a month ago when Warnock was managing Austin and his team-mates on a temporary basis after the sacking of Chris Ramsey.
Previously managing Rangers back in 2010-2012, Warnock says that he has talked to Charlie Austin about his future and advised him to pick Crystal Palace, a place where Warnock also used to manage on two separate occasions.
However, Warnock says that he thinks the striker is now making a point because of ‘what happened in the last window’, with it being widely reported back in the summer that Charlie Austin thought he was being priced out of a move, with QPR demanding at least £15m.
Recent days have seen media claims that QPR are now willing to accept £12.5m for their star asset.
With Rangers having almost no chance of promotion and Austin out of contract in June, it will surely be a case of money talking on both sides.
You simply can’t seen QPR running his contract down and likewise, the striker can’t waste another six months of his career.
It looks as though the West London club will have to bend financially to encourage Charlie Austin to leave this month, enabling QPR to bank a sizeable fee and save on his wages for the next six months.
However, with Newcastle desperate for a striker as soon as possible, it remains to be seen if their ongoing claimed interest has any substance, especially if as Warnock says – Charlie Austin is playing ‘cat and mouse’ with the club, which could delay any potential transfer until right towards the end of the window.
Neil Warnock talking to Talksport:
“He was a little bit disappointed how it phased out in the last window and I think he is making his point now that he’s not going to go anywhere (in January) because of what happened in the last window.
“I have said to him about Crystal Palace – I love Palace and I also love QPR, I’ve said to him: ‘For me Charlie, the way that you play, you will get opportunities at Palace’.
“They definitely need a striker and he would fit the bill and would score goals, a little bit of cat and mouse between Charlie and QPR.”