Newcastle United and West Ham United are yet to bid for Charlie Austin because the QPR front man will not commit to anyone else while he knows he could end up at Chelsea, according to the Shields Gazette.
Indeed, the QPR man has been linked with Chelsea and that has skewed the potential of a move elsewhere.
The Gazette report that as the reason for the Magpies and the Hammers not yet showing their hand in any potential Austin chase. Chelsea have now signed Radamel Falcao, while Leicester City are said to have had a bid rejected for Austin, but a Blues move is not yet fully off the table.
And, to add to the mix, the Chronicle also suggest Newcastle will now up their bid for the QPR man as they near a 'D-day' with regards to his future. All reports quote the R's as wanting £15 million for the 25-year-old.
The Remy factor
The factor that will decide any potential Austin-Chelsea deal is Loic Remy's future - and that has become less clear.
Should the Frenchman leave the Blues, the QPR striker will surely be sought as a replacement this summer.
If Remy stays, then, both Newcastle and the Hammers can pursue Austin much more vigorously than previously. But, with a £15m asking price, there's still plenty to consider...