Julian Dicks gives succinct answers when asked about West Ham's Austin interest

Could the Queens Park Rangers striker be on his way to West Ham United?

According to a recent report from the London Evening Standard, West Ham United have joined the race for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, with the player keen on the move; but if there is something in the pipeline the Hammers' coach Julian Dicks is not about to lift the lid on any behind-closed-doors business.

The former West Ham defender was asked on social media if his club had indeed made a bid for Austin, to which he replied, “I don’t know.”

Of course you would not expect him to reveal any club information to a random follower on social media, but another supporter pushed things, asking if Dicks could find out.

Just as succinctly, Dicks replied, “No I can’t”, leaving West Ham fans none the wiser as to whether or not the club are going to move for a player who scored 18 goals in 36 Premier League matches last season.

There is no doubt Austin would be a wonderful signing for West Ham, not just because they have limited options up front with Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia unavailable, but because he is one of the most prolific forwards in the English top flight.

He will not come cheap, but it would be a huge surprise if he was still at QPR when the transfer window closes; the only question is: Will it be West Ham fans heralding his arrival in those final few days of the month?

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