Charlie Austin has hinted that a move to Newcastle United ‘wasn’t right’ for him this summer.
The Queens Park Rangers frontman was a target for the Magpies after hitting 18 goals last season.
But a move never materialised, with Newcastle – along with West Ham, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace – apparently baulking at the £15million price tag on the heda of a player with just 12 months left on his contract.
ustin will therefore spend at least the first half of the season in the Championship with QPR, though Newcastle are expected to return for the 26-year-old when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, Austin has claimed that the clubs that came in for him during the summer weren’t right for him, and he wants a move to an ‘established’ Premier League side.
“It’s a massive move and I want to be at an established Premier League club,” he says. “One that is going forward and one that I feel will suit me. I know a lot goes around because of the (4-4-2) way QPR played last year and they will question whether I can play as a one.
“It has come up over the summer so that is another little hurdle you have to negotiate.
“I just feel that if something comes up and the club is the right one for me to go to, that will be it. The ones that came up this summer were not right for me.”
“I’m not disappointed. It’s a decision that I have taken on my shoulders, with my family and my agent as well.
“If the move happened, it was going to be a big one but it was something that had to be right. It wasn’t something that I was going to rush into.
“I wanted the club to be established. I didn’t want the club to be pushed on me. I spoke to Les [Ferdinand, QPR director of football] and said ‘Les, if the move is not right then I am not going’. But I knew on the other hand that he had to do everything possible to get the best for Queen’s Park Rangers.
“I told him that if the move wasn’t right for them I would be here until next season and trying my very best to get the club back in the Premier League. I told him that if I was here on 2 September, I would be giving 100 per cent to help drive the club forward to get promotion. That is the goal now.”