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Big bids for QPR striker Charlie Austin ensure the scoring ace won’t be in the lower league for long, but Chelsea won’t be the ones to bring him back to the Premier League.
According to the Metro, Newcastle United are expected to sign the 26-year-old scoring genius sometime this week after a prolonged bidding war. Chelsea, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa were believed to be the other major clubs interested in keeping Austin in the Premier League – instead of joining recently-relegated QPR in the Championship League.
But with just one year left on his contract, QPR had virtually no chance of keeping Austin under contract, so they have insisted on a bare-minimum £15 million transfer fee for their star striker.
Austin has recorded double-digit scoring seasons in nine of his 10 senior seasons since he was a teenage wonderkid with Kintbury Rangers back in 2006. After recording a hat-trick in a win over West Bromwich back in December, Austin was named Premier League Player of the Month.
The QPR scoring machine recorded 18 goals for the club last season, but his offensive output couldn’t match their defensive failures and QPR was relegated after just one year in the Premier League.