Les Ferdinand admits: QPR will not sell Charlie Austin for cheap

Ferdinand has admitted that QPR will not flog Charlie Austin, despite interest from Newcastle and Southampton.

Austin is expected to leave QPR following their relegation from the Premier League, but Les Ferdinand has admitted to the Standard that the hotshot forward will not be leaving for a bargain price.

The coach and director of football said: “This club isn't going to be a bargain bucket. Charlie has had a fantastic year in terms of scoring in the Premier League with 17 in his debut season.

“He is fourth in the list of top scorers and that is in a team which has been relegated. That is a phenomenal strike rate. I'm not even going to talk about what figure we will ask for from other clubs because we are going to try and keep him.”

That will certainly disappoint fans of the clubs interested in signing him, notably Southampton and Newcastle, according to the Daily Mail.

Due to the R’s relegation, many expected the club to undergo something of a firesale this summer, as they look to comply with FFP rules and restrictions.

However, 25-year-old Austin, who has netted 17 goals in his first ever Premier League season, will demand a large fee, especially considering his age, the fact he counts as homegrown, and the knowledge that he enjoyed such a productive season in front of goal for a team who have been relegated.

Any team that manages to sign the former Burnley star will be lucky enough to have a naturally talented goalscorer on their books, and, even if he cannot be secured for a bargain price, Newcastle and Southampton should go all out to sign him.

He has certainly proven that he is worth the fee QPR will request, and even though the West London club want to keep him, the allure of Premier League football is sure to be enough to bring him back to the top flight.

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