Charlie Austin sets schedule for transfer decision
Charlie Austin has said that he just wants to focus on Engalnd for the next fortnight and then sit down to discuss his next move at club level.
One of the big success stories in the Premier League this season, despite his club’s relegation, Austin is hot property and being linked with a host of clubs including Newcastle, Aston Villa and Southampton.
England play the Republic of Ireland this Sunday in a friendly, then Slovenia in a Euro qualifier the following Sunday.
“I just want to concentrate on the next two weeks, enjoy the moment and what will be will be – then who knows what the future will hold for me?
“I feel like I have worked hard enough this season for QPR to try to be a Premier League player but, at the moment, I have still got a year left at QPR.”
The future is up to the club:
“So the future is up to the club and my agent to sort out. I’ll sit down with my family and my agent, then I will speak to Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand and tell them my thoughts, and they’ll tell me theirs.
“After these two weeks, I will sit down with the club but, for now, I just want to be fully focused on these next two weeks with England.”
With his club’s relegation and only one year left on his contract, it looks a formality that Charlie Austin will move to another Premier League club this summer.
To score 18 goals in 35 Premier League starts, which followed 59 goals in 98 Championship starts in the previous three years, what value would you put on Charlie Austin?
Turning 26 next month the striker is at his prime age and looks exactly what Newcastle need.
However, it is now 30 months since Demba Ba moved to Chelsea and Mike Ashley has consistently refused to pay the going rate for a proven goalscorer.
2013/14 saw Loic Remy arrive on loan to get us through another season.
2014/15 almost ended in total disaster after the budget signing of out of his depth Emmanuel Riviere, a journeyman French forward who clearly was never going to be able to fill the goals gap.
The likes of Swansea, Southampton and others have all shown that they are prepared to face reality and pay the going rate in transfer fee and wages for the key position in the team.
However, for Charlie Austin to come to Newcastle it will take Mike Ashley to do a complete U-turn on his transfer policy for United even to have a chance of competing for the QPR striker’s signature.
Will Mike Ashley’s last day of the season speech be anything other than hollow words?
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