Austin was one of the most in-demand transfer targets during the summer window, but a report in the Northern Echo has stated why Newcastle did not move to sign him despite showing a keen interest in the hot-shot striker.
QPR were holding firm on wanting a £15 million fee if they were going to sell Austin to any number of interested Premier League sides, but the report claims that the Magpies did not want to pay that price due to Austin’s less than stellar injury record.
Austin missed a fair amount of QPR’s promotion season in 2013/14 due to a shoulder injury which required surgery, and there are still doubts about the long-term recovery of his problem area.
Newcastle did not believe it would be worth paying out that fee on a player who could potentially be suffering from a long-term injury, and who could miss large portions of a season.
Austin was prolific in the Premier League last term, scoring 18 goals for a QPR side who were relegated with little fight, and it is now a surprise to see him remain with the West London team in the Championship.
Newcastle decided against a deal due to the combination of his injury record and his asking price, although the report states that the Magpies are still interested in signing the forward, and will revisit a potential move in the January transfer window when his asking price will have decreased due to Austin being in the last year of his contract.