Newcastle will have to pay at least £15million to prise Charlie Austin from QPR, says Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand.
The former Newcastle centre forward spoke today to say the club will not deviate from its £15million valuation of the striker.
“We are now into the season and want to settle our side down as quickly as possible,” he told the London Evening Standard. “It’s not good for the club, it’s not good for Charlie — it’s not good for anyone.
“The fans are waiting for the window to close and are hoping Charlie is still here. These things always seem to drag on, but from the club perspective you want it resolved as quickly as possible.
“All he can do is be professional, which he was against Charlton (in a 2-0 defeat) on Saturday. He’s got into this position where clubs are interested in him because he’s been professional and scored goals. He can’t allow himself to slip now.
“The price is still £15million and the only firm bid that has come in is still from Leicester. Everyone feels that bids are going to come in for him, it’s just a matter of when. But if a club doesn’t pay the fee, then we will offer him a new contract to get him to stay.”
Austin scored 18 goals in 35 games for QPR last season, but couldn’t stop his side from slipping into the Championship. Newcastle are among several clubs who have been linked with the striker since QPR were relegated.