Austin unlikely to get Premier League move

Date published: Tuesday 1st September 2015 12:21

Charlie Austin QPR

Charlie Austin: Remains at QPR at least for the first half of the season

Charlie Austin is set to stay at QPR, with none of Bournemouth, Newcastle, Tottenham, West Brom or West Ham willing to meet his asking price.

Austin had looked certain to secure a move away from Loftus Road this summer after scoring 18 goals in the Premier League last season, but QPR’s £15million valuation of the 26-year-old appears to have put off all interested parties.

Bournemouth have agreed a £5million fee with Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray and are also interested in Norwich’s Lewis Grabban as they consider cheaper alternatives to Austin, while Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has already ruled out signing another striker after signing Aleksandar Mitrovic.

West Ham, meanwhile, have signed Nikica Jelavic from Hull City, while Tottenham are continuing to chase West Brom’s Saido Berahino and have also been linked with Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez.

Should West Brom agree to sell Berahino to Spurs, it would give them the cash to move for Austin, potentially without competition. The Baggies are also interested in Austin’s QPR team-mate Matt Phillips.

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