Queens Park Rangers boss Chris Ramsey has fired a warning to any potential suitors for Charlie Austin by saying that he will only join a club in the top half of the Premier League table, the Daily Express reports.
Following the club’s relegation back to the Championship, the England international has been linked with a £15m exit this summer with the Express citing the likes of Aston Villa, Newcastle, Chelsea and Tottenham all said to be keen on snapping him up.
However, it seems that Villa and Newcastle could miss out on the 18-goal hit man, as Austin doesn’t envision himself partaking in another relegation scrap, and instead wants to be competing at the right end of the table.
But not only that, Ramsey seems to believe that if Chelsea or Spurs fail to meet his £15m valuation then he could end up staying at Loftus Road for the 2015/16 campaign.
“We have to be realistic. It’s unlikely he’ll stay. We want to keep him but it’s unlikely,” he told talkSPORT.
“He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay.”
Though £15m is a lot of money for any club, surely bringing in a proven Premier League goalscorer would be worth the outlay. Spurs are in desperate need for someone that knows where the goal is, to help take the burden off the shoulders of young Harry Kane.
With Chelsea already having Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao on their books, that could put Tottenham in the driving seat.