Report: QPR to offer Charlie Austin new contract if striker does not leave this summer

QPR forward Austin is wanted by West Ham, Tottenham and Newcastle United.

Austin has spent the entire summer being tracked by a number of teams, but director of football Les Ferdinand has admitted to the Standard that if he does not leave this summer, then QPR will offer him a new contract.

Ferdinand said: “The price is still £15m and the only firm bid that has come in is still from Leicester. Everyone feels that bids are going to come in for him, it’s just a matter of when. But if a club doesn’t pay the fee, then we will offer him a new contract to get him to stay.”

Despite all the interest in Austin, Leicester City are the only team to have submitted a bid for the striker as of yet - as confirmed by Ferdinand.

However, they did not match the £15 million asking price, and the likes of West Ham, Tottenham - named in the report as wanting him - and Newcastle - referenced by the Mirror - are all unwilling to pay that price.

£15 million is a lot for a striker with only one season of Premier League football to his name, but it is hard to deny that Austin would be worth it.

He showed a natural finishing ability, despite playing in a relegated side, and holds valuable homegrown status. He is also still just 26-years-old, meaning he should still have his peak years ahead of him.

It is expected that one of the interested clubs will match the asking price before the transfer window closes, but if they do not, and Austin is still with the R’s when September rolls around, it would come as no surprise to see him agree a new deal with the Championship side.

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