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.


  • DZA187

    Southampton have met Austin transfer value according to reports this morning, the first bid on the table for the player.

  • North East corner

    You can just see it happening and Austin turning out against us in the first game of the season. After being linked with us for most of the close season. He will come up and bang a couple of goals against us. It just seems so typically NUFC these days

  • philk4

    DZA187 Ridiculous ateam like Southampton with less than half our attendances are spending, while we refuse to

  • Jimmywayhay

    But is his value in getting QPR back into the premier league ,for the even bigger money next year ?

  • geordie4567

    Makes sense actually, if he helped them get promoted it’d be worth missing out on the fee. Is Tony up for the gamble though?

  • QPR4Me

    DZA187 No they haven’t. According to reports Southampton have offered £10M, £5M below the asking price. If you want him, your tight-assed owner needs to cough up!

  • stepaylor

    QPR facing fines etc if they dont show better finances mean they will have to sell. Under different circumstances i could see why keeping him would make sense to get back in the Premier league but the reality is that they have to work on their average net loss of the past few years to try and get back any fines they have had to pay.

    He will be sold and very likely to West Ham.