QPR urge Newcastle to make ‘firm offer’ for Charlie Austin as they fear deadline day exit for striker

Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

Newcastle United have been urged to make a ‘firm offer’ for striker Charlie Austin – as QPR fear they could lose him on deadline day of the transfer window.

The forward is on the Magpies’ wanted list as they look to add to their firepower this season.

QPR head coach Chris Ramsay, however, insists there have been no bids for Austin – but admits he fears a ‘last minute’ bid will prise the 25-year-old away and hopes Newcastle, or any clubs interested in the player, make their interest known so they can get his future ‘sorted one way or another’.

“If a club wants him and come in and make firm offers, and if the owners think it’s the right offer, then he’ll go,” said Ramsay.

“All we’re looking for is a firm offer to get this thing sorted one way or another.

“We haven’t had any firm offers for Charlie and as far as we’re concerned he’s a QPR player and will want to do his best to get his goalscoring tally up to where it was last year.”

Ramsay, however, admits the transfer saga could go down to the final day of the window, which shuts on September 1.

“As we know, things can happen – usually at the last minute – and all clubs must look at players and think they might not still be there,” he added. “But at the moment I can’t really see how things are going to pan out.

“His mindset has generally been good. But it would be naïve to think a young man wouldn’t have things on his mind in the situation he has been in.”

Spurs, Aston Villa and Southampton have also been linked with a move for Austin, who scored 18 goals last season as QPR were relegated from the Premier League.