Ian Holloway explains why Charlie Austin should not have joined Southampton this month

Charlie Austin

The Sky Sports pundit was surprised to see Austin make a January switch.

At the weekend Southampton finalised a deal to bring Charlie Austin to the club from QPR in a deal reported by the BBC to be worth a bargain £4 million.

The striker was out of contract in the summer and that forced QPR's hand slightly in regards to selling him before he left the club on a free. Despite previously stating he had no desire to leave QPR until the end of the season the striker had a change of heart and headed to St Mary's on a four-and-a-half year deal.

But one man surprised to see him choose Southampton at this point in time is former QPR boss and current Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway.

He was speaking prior to Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United (16/01/2016) just as the news was breaking and stated:

"Its not bad on QPR's point. If you're best striker's leaving and you manage to get some sort of money.

"They've had to take something for him. I'm surprised Charlie and his agent didn't wait until the summer because they would have had a host of clubs. That £4 million would have been coming to him I imagine.

"He fancies that. He's chosen to go there. It's Southampton, a secure Premier League club so good luck to him."

Austin could certainly have had more choice if he waited until the summer and financially it would have made more sense to him on a personal level.

However, with the European Championships coming up in the summer Austin must back himself to make the cut for Roy Hodgson and Premier League football would help him in that pursuit.

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