QPR deny pricing £15million Newcastle target Charlie Austin out of the transfer market

Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

Queens Park Rangers’ director of football Les Ferdinand reckons star striker Charlie Austin is worth the club’s £15million asking price, comparing the striker to Liverpool signing Christian Benteke.

Speaking to the BBC, Ferdinand said: “If you look at what Benteke went for, I don’t think we’re pricing him out the market. It’s just a true valuation.”

Benteke joined Liverpool from Aston Villa in a deal worth an estimated £32.5million.

Austin has been at the centre of transfer speculation since QPR were relegated at the end of last season. Newcastle United and a host of other Premier League teams have expressed interest in the 26-year-old.

In an interview with BBC London Sport, Ferdinand confirmed that QPR had so far received “two firm bids” for Austin, but that neither club had met QPR’s valuation.