Why are Premier League clubs not chasing Charlie Austin?

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With the transfer deadline edging closer, there is still no definite conclusion to where Charlie Austin will be on September 1.

The 26-year-old has been linked with moves to West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Tottenham, but Leicester have been the only team to make a bid for the player - one to the tune of £12 million - which was rejected.

QPR have set a £15 million asking price for the striker, who has spent two seasons with the club. Is it be too much to ask of teams to pay that much, or would he be a profitable Premier League investment?


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Why he'd be worth it

Starting with his goalscoring record, Austin managed 18 last season - the fourth highest in the entire league. But that tells only half the Englishman's story. He was also part of a team that were relegated with 30 points. Taking away Austin's goals and assists, QPR would have finished with only 10 points and 19 goals.

Every QPR fan is undoubtedly counting their blessings for every game that Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips remain at the club - both were driving forces in a dramatic game earlier this week as they came from two goals behind at Wolves to win 3-2 with Austin scoring once and Phillips twice. It's clear they'd massively boost promotion chances for QPR if they stayed on this season, and the club are anxious to keep them. 

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Managing to flourish in a team that fell flat on its face says a lot about the player's eye for goal. His finishing ability and overall talent certainly makes him worthy of regular top-flight football. In my opinion, any Premier League side would be lucky to have him, and with better quality providers he'd be likely to score far more than 18 goals. 

Why he's unwanted

The biggest issue surrounding Austin is his knee problem that caused him to fail a medical at Hull City two years ago, stopping his £4.5m move from Burnley in its tracks. However, Steve Bruce admitted earlier this year that the club still should have signed the player. 

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan, who confirmed this morning that the club weren't interested in the player, made comments about the striker's injury.

He said: "They [Hull medical staff] say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows? He could go on for years but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it."

Austin has since hit back, saying the claims are 'inaccurate and misleading', but Sullivan's other comments ring true as to why there haven't been teams queuing round the block for the player's signature - he's technically only had one good season and £15 million would be a big amount to take a risk on. 

If I was to say teams haven't spent far more on players who've had just one successful campaign for a club, I'd be lying, but the West Ham co-owner has a fair point, especially with Financial Fair Play to consider, which he cited as another reason why the move wasn't on the cards. 

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