Former-Newcastle player Jermaine Jenas reckons Charlie Austin is a snip at £15million.
“As a footballer he is someone I rate extremely highly and know very well after playing alongside him for QPR,” he told the BBC today.
“Charlie is only 26 and, following QPR’s relegation, seems to have been linked with half of the Premier League over the summer but he is still at Loftus Road for now.
“They are holding out for £15m for him but when you think about how well he did for a struggling side last season, plus the going rate for strikers in today’s market, I think he is a snip at that price.
“And when you consider the number of top-flight clubs who need a frontman, I am even more surprised that no-one has moved for him yet.
I was expecting to be talking to him about watching him on MOTD again this season, not the other way round.”
Newcastle were believed to have been interested in signing Austin, but reports suggest they are put off by the £15m asking price.
Jenas, however, is adamant that Austin’s single-mindedness sets him apart from other strikers.
“I actually texted Charlie first on Saturday,” he said, “after he had scored his first goal of the Championship season for QPR against Cardiff.
“I just wrote “nice to see you back mate, that was one hell of a finish” to wind him up because the ball had just ricocheted in off his belly.
“His response was “look for the score in Sunday’s papers - all it will say is Austin, 56 min”.
“That sums him up because he is just obsessed with scoring goals and I have not come across many strikers in my career who are as single-minded as him in that respect.”