Newcastle have withdrawn their interest to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin because of the ‘large’ price-tag.
The Magpies have been chasing the forward’s signature all summer and manager Steve McClaren wanted to bring Austin back to the Premier League after suffering relegation with the London club last term.
The former England gaffer has backed away from Rangers’ £15million asking price for the 26-year-old’s services, claim the Newcastle Chronicle.
Austin netted on 18 occasions in England’s top tier of football last campaign it wasn’t enough to help the club from avoid the drop.
The Toon will not be spending £15million on the front-man, who is now into the last year of his contract, and could agree a free transfer to St James’ Park in the January transfer window.
The future of Austin is still in doubt, as its rumoured that the former Non-League star wants a move back to the Premier League but has started the season in the Championship for Rangers.
However, plenty of clubs in England are interested in the goal-machine, with Chelsea and West Ham United being the favourites to sign him.
New Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is yet to sign a striker since his return at Upton Park, with Austin being at the top of his transfer target list this summer as the Croatian wants a partnership up-front between Austin and Diafra Sakho.
Money is the main talking point of Austin’s move, and this could be evident as Premier League champions Chelsea are considering a straight £15million offer for the Englishman.
By Drew Darbyshire (@DarbySports)