Newcastle United and Aston Villa are reportedly being put off by the Queens Park Rangers striker’s salary demands.

It seems QPR striker Charlie Austin reads the papers. That’s what can surely be read into his latest venture onto social media.

Indeed, Newcastle United and Aston Villa have been put off by his £85,000-per-week transfer demands, according to the Sunday People. But, a day after the report, the QPR striker has taken to Twitter with a picture of the children’s character ‘Mr Greedy,’ simply posting a bunch of laughing smileys as his message.

It hardly appears a coincidence and Austin seems to be discrediting the speculation. The 26-year-old has been linked with Newcastle all summer long, with Aston Villa’s name also recently emerging. But Austin looks more-than-willing to remain at QPR.

And reports of his salary demands would appear wide of the mark – unless, of course, this is simply a random tweet unrelated to any of the Newcastle or Aston Villa speculation. The chances of that are a little low, however…

Newcastle have already signed Aleksandar Mitrovic this season, while Villa have been linked with a move for Jordan Ayew by the Birmingham Mail. The future of QPR’s Austin, though, remains far less clear.