No Newcastle approach for Austin – Les

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand has insisted that Newcastle have still not made a firm approach for Charlie Austin.

Magpies boss Steve McClaren is said to be keen to sign the striker and on several occasions this summer has been reported to have approached Rangers, whose only offer for Austin so far has come from Leicester.

This week there has again been speculation that Newcastle will make a move for Austin, who has a year remaining on his contract.

However, although contact was made with QPR chairman Tony Fernandes after the end of last season, there have not been any further developments.

Ferdinand, now in control of transfer dealings at Rangers, said: “Newcastle might have enquired by speaking to the chairman, but no bid has come in from Newcastle for Charlie.”

And the former England forward, who played for Newcastle as well as the R’s, is adamant he will not reduce the asking prices for Austin and Matty Phillips.

Ferdinand says QPR will not back down over Austin and Phillips
Ferdinand says QPR will not back down over Austin and Phillips

QPR want £15m for Austin and recently turned down a £7m bid from West Brom for wide-man Phillips, telling the Baggies they want £10m.

“We had an offer come in for Matty Phillips that was well below what we value him at, so we turned the offer down,” Ferdinand said.

“We also had an offer for Charlie which, again, was not where we want it to be.

“If they continue to offer that kind of money then I’ll be pleased because we’ll end up keeping the players.

“They [Austin and Phillips] are aware of the situation. They’re fine and are just getting on with what they’ve got to do.

“You’re a professional for Queens Park Rangers at this moment in time. Until that changes I expect your professionalism in everything that you do – and so far they have been absolutely bang on.”

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