Les Ferdinand fires warning over transfer valuation of striker Charlie Austin

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QPR director of football Les Ferdinand says Charlie Austin will stay if no club matches their valuation.

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand has told the Daily Mirror that Charlie Austin won't be leaving the club unless their valuation is met.

Austin, 26, was QPR's standout performer last season, hitting 18 goals in 36 games for the R's - but ultimately couldn't keep the club in the Premier League.

Having recently been called up to the England squad, Austin is now touted for an instant return to the Premier League, with a host of clubs interested.

The Mirror recently noted that Newcastle United, West Ham United and Chelsea are all interested in signing Austin this summer, with a £15m asking price reported.

Now, QPR director of football Ferdinand - who used to play for Newcastle - has told The Mirror that QPR are ready to keep Austin at Loftus Road unless a team meet their asking price.

"We have a valuation for Charlie and if nobody pays it then he will be staying with us," said Ferdinand. "We've heard about all the clubs interested but Leicester are the only club to make a bid and we turned it down. Charlie has joined up with the first-team squad today and is in good spirits."

Austin deserves Premier League return

QPR may be ready to play hardball over Austin's future, but if any of their players deserve an immediate return to the Premier League, it's Austin.

The striker gave his all for QPR every week, firing goals on a regular basis in a desperate attempt to keep the club in the top flight despite little help around him.

The £15m asking price may be steep, but QPR should maybe consider dropping that a little to grant Austin his move to the Premier League, especially considering that he has just one year left on his contract. Denying Austin his dream move back to the top flight would be little way to repay Austin for his service to the club, and clubs may look to negotiate that asking price down.

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