Matthew Etherington disagrees with Sullivan over Austin, urges Stoke to sign him

Mark Hughes Press Conference Disappointed 12/02/2014

The former West Ham winger feels the Queens Park Rangers forward would be a very good signing for the east London side - and Stoke.

Former West Ham United winger Matthew Etherington disagrees with David Sullivan's assessment of QPR striker Charlie Austin.

Indeed, in a KUMB podcast, West Ham co-owner Sullivan suggested the QPR forward is not worth £15 million due to his lack of quality but, primarily, lack of fitness.

However, Etherington agrees with many who sit on the other side of the fence: that a 26-year-old striker who scored 18 Premier League goals as part of a relegated team last season would be a 'very good signing.'

As such, the former winger has urged another of his ex-clubs in Stoke City to try and recruit the QPR man.

Etherington believes Austin would be a good fit for Stoke and feels boss Mark Hughes should make an effort to sign him.

Austin is hitting the headlines more than ever at the moment, with the R's forward himself responding to Sullivan's interview with a statement of his own on Twitter.

A number of Premier League sides have been linked with the 26-year-old's signature this summer, including West Ham. But Stoke haven't really been mentioned. Could Austin succeed at the Britannia?

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