Jermaine Jenas uses Harry Kane as example to defend Charlie Austin’s price-tag

Queens Park RangersCharlie Austin has been linked with Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.

Former Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Jermaine Jenas has defended his claim that Charlie Austin is worth £15 million on social networking site Twitter.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United man explained in his BBC Sport column why the Queens Park Rangers striker is so highly rated.

Jenas, who played with Austin at QPR and knows the English forward inside out, was criticised on Twitter by some for his views on his former teammate.

The former England international has hit back at those who doubt him by using the example of Tottenham striker Harry Kane among others.

England international Kane enjoyed a breakthrough season at Spurs in 2014-15, scoring 21 goals and creating 27 chances in 34 Premier League appearances.

Austin is an in-demand forward in the summer transfer market, with Newcastle reported to be interested in his services by The Daily Mail, while The Daily Star recently stated that Tottenham want him.

Earlier this week, West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan told the Knees Up Mother Brown podcast that the club have not signed Austin due to doubts over a previous knee problem.

Austin scored 18 goals and created 23 chances in 35 Premier League appearances last season.

The Englishman had a pass accuracy of 66% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and won 86 headers, 15 dribbles and 16 tackles.

The former Burnley star has started the 2015-16 season on a positive note, scoring two goals and creating six chances in three Championship appearances.

Austin has a pass accuracy of 65% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and has won eight headers and five tackles.

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