Queens Park Rangers slap £20m price tag on Newcastle United-linked Charlie Austin

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is reportedly on the radar of Newcastle United.

Queens Park Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand has told talkSPORT that the club value striker Charlie Austin in the region of £20 million.

Austin has been one of the better strikers in the Premier League this season and has been arguably QPR’s best player.

The former Burnley star has scored 17 goals and created 23 chances in 34 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 66% and a shot accuracy of 66%.

With QPR having been relegated from the top flight of English football, one suspects that the 25-year-old will be sold in the summer transfer window.

However, it seems that Rangers will not let him leave for cheap and will demand between £15m and £20m in transfer fee.

“What’s he worth? When you look at some of the players who have moved like Sergio Aguero, and I’m not putting him in their class because they’ve done it year-in and year-out but someone scoring 17 goals in this division you’re looking at £15-20million at least,” Ferdinand told talkSPORT.

Newcastle United priced out?

According to a report in The Daily Mail last week, Newcastle United are interested in the services of Austin.

However, given the price-tag of the English striker, one suspects that the Magpies will not be able to afford him.

If Newcastle go down to the Championship, then it is unlikely that Austin will be willing to move to St. James’ Park.

Even if the Magpies stay up, it is unlikely that club owner Mike Ashley will be open to spending as much as £20m on a single player.

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