Newcastle Baited By Club To Make "Firm Offer" For Top Target

QPR want a "firm offer" to be made for Austin.

Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has effectively baited Newcastle United and other potential suitors to make a "firm offer" in their pursuit of Charlie Austin. The striker's future has been the source of continued speculation this summer, but as of yet Austin - who scored 18 goals in the Barclays Premier League last season - has remained in west London due to the fact nobody has met their £15 million valuation. Austin started QPR€™s 2-0 opening-day defeat to Charlton Athletic but that could potentially be his final game for the club, with Newcastle tipped as a potential destination.
And when asked about Austin future, Ramsey said (The Chronicle):
"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. "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."
Leicester City are known to have had a £12 million offer turned down earlier in the summer, but several other Premier League clubs are also believed to be interested - including the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, West Ham United, Crystal Palace, AFC Bournemouth and the Magpies. The 26-year-old netted 18 Premier League goals last season and is one of the most sought-after strikers in England, plus he is entering the final year of his QPR contract. For all the latest NUFC News, Views and Transfers make sure to follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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