Charlie Austin will be currently packing his bags and then heading off to Heathrow.
However, he will be flying off to Italy this Thursday afternoon with the rest of QPR’s squad.
Chris Ramsay has this morning named the 24 players who will go for the pre season preparations and names Charlie Austin as one of those getting on the plane.
As we reported earlier, it is a similar case with Georginio Wijnaldum.
Yesterday brought widespread claims that the PSV midfielder was on his way to Tyneside today to complete a move after ‘Dynamic’ Lee Charnley had done the business in Eindhoven. Only for PSV’s website to confirm instead that their Captain is off to the Alps today with the Dutch club.
It seems a long long four weeks since Newcastle United’s preferred media partner The Mirror announced that Charlie Austin was a ‘done deal’ and would definitely sign for NUFC by mid-June, with Saido Berahino to follow shortly after.
Yes 28 days ago, we were led to believe that everything was going to change, with the club stating to their chosen journalist that these players were signing.
The optimists amongst us chose to believe the press stories of a deal being sorted with Charlie Austin once he got married, or was it after his honeymoon.
One writer on The Mag even came up with the theory that the delays on signing players were due to Mike Ashley wanting them to happen in this financial year and not the last one. Sadly, the new financial year began on July 1 and still nothing.
You have to think that if Newcastle United were in any way serious about Charlie Austin then a deal would have been done and he’d be stepping on a plane to America this weekend with his new Newcastle teammates, not flying off to Italy with his Rangers ones.
As a (not so) amusing extra, you will see from QPR’s official announcement below, that despite relegation and all the problems that will have caused, they have still managed to sign five new players, as well as (so far) hang onto their three international players; Austin, Fer and Green.
Hopes all but gone now of any new face on that plane to America, who would have thought it…
QPR official statement
24-man squad confirmed for QPR’s pre-season training camp in Italy …
QPR head to Italy later today (Thursday) for nine-days
Chris Ramsey confirms 24-man travelling first team squad
The squad depart from Heathrow this (Thursday) afternoon, ahead of a nine day tour in Stresa, which includes friendly fixtures against Shakhtar Donetsk, AS Monaco and Al Ittihad.
The travelling party includes international trio Rob Green, Leroy Fer and Charlie Austin, who all reported back for training earlier this week, as well as summer signings Massimo Luongo, Ben Gladwin, Jamie Mackie, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Sebastian Polter.
Goalkeepers: Green, McCarthy
Defenders: Hill, Caulker, Onuoha, Suk-Young, Schorch (trialist), Furlong
Midfielders: Henry, Hoilett, Luongo, Gladwin, Phillips, Gobern (trialist), Diakite, Faurlin, Fer, Mackie, Doughty, Comley
Strikers: Austin, Polter, Emmanuel-Thomas, Grego-Cox