Les Ferdinand comments on transfer speculation surrounding Matt Phillips and Charlie Austin

Austin and Phillips have been linked with the likes of West Brom, Aston Villa, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Southampton.

The recently relegated duo are two of the most in demand players this summer, but QPR director of football Les Ferdinand has admitted to WestLondonSport that no offers have yet to come close to their valuation of the pair.

Ferdinand said: “We had an offer come in for Matty Phillips that was well below what we value him at, so we turned the offer down. We also had an offer for Charlie which, again, was not where we want it to be.

“If they continue to offer that kind of money then I’ll be pleased because we’ll end up keeping the players. They are aware of the situation. They’re fine and are just getting on with what they’ve got to do.”

Following QPR’s drop to the second tier, Phillips and Austin have become the centre of many Premier League side’s transfer plans. The Mirror claim that West Brom, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace want Phillips, whilst the same media outlet suggests that Southampton, Newcastle, West Ham and Villa all want Austin.

Considering how they impressed in the top flight, it is no surprise that the duo are in demand, and QPR will have taken a step closer to promotion if they can keep ahold of Austin and Phillips.

Ferdinand has confirmed that offers have been made for the duo, but has yet to receive a bid which matches their asking price for either player.

The Mirror report states that QPR want at least £15 million for Austin, whilst Phillips has been made available for a minimum of £10 million.

QPR have set the high asking prices to ward off interest in the talented key players, and as of now, their transfer stance is working with no club willing to splash the cash to bring the duo back to the Premier League.

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