Following the Hoops’ relegation from England’s top division, a number of Premier League teams have been alerted to Charlie Austin’s availability.
However, QPR evidently don’t want to sell him cheaply and their £15 million price tag has so yet to be matched, a situation the talented goal-scorer allegedly fears could continue throughout the summer.
Is Charlie Austin worth £15 million?
Any striker who nets 18 top-flight goals has something about him, but questions remain about his other attributes and whether he is actually worth the risk.
Austin will guarantee goals, but he perhaps lacks that presence to succeed up front on his own and he isn’t really suited as a wide forward outside a natural centre-forward.
Magpies boss Steve McClaren is renowned for favouring a real centre-forward with wide players coming in off the flanks, therefore acquiring Austin would immediately pose a problem as to where he would fit in.
Likewise with West Ham United and Crystal Palace, unless they were to go with a system which involves two leading strikers then splashing £15 million on Austin could prove an expensive gamble.