The next destination for Charlie Austin has become the ‘go to’ transfer saga of the summer for the newspaper headline writers.
Everybody from Chelsea down to…Newcastle have been linked with the striker.
Relegation for Queens Park Rangers meant Charlie Austin was guaranteed to leave this summer, especially with only one year left on his contract.
However, according to the man who signed him for QPR, there is no guarantee that the striker will leave this summer.
Step forward our old friend, Harry Redknapp.
Talking to Talksport, the former Rangers manager who signed Charlie Austin from Burnley, had this to say:
“Charlie (Austin) is a little bit in that mould (a typical Newcastle number nine).
“He has got a good attitude, he works hard and scores his goals.
“I don’t know what (QPR owner) Tony (Fernandes) has got planned, whether he wants to keep him like Danny Ings and let him run out that final year.”
Harry Redknapp really does just say whatever he likes, no matter how little it it based on reality.
The situations of Danny Ings and Charlie Austin are totally different.
Danny Ings has seen his contract run out at Burnley and signed for Liverpool, but due to his age the scousers will have to pay more or less market value for the forward as compensation for his development at Turf Moor. So keeping him for his final year was a win-win for Burnley as potentially his goals could have kept them up AND they were always going to bank a large fee.
If bizarrely QPR chose to keep Charlie Austin and let his contract run down in this next year, they would receive nothing next July when the striker would belatedly move on, though of course the player himself would massively benefit (financially) with no transfer fee to pay.
The wisdom of Harry Redknapp.