QPR remain firm on Austin stance

Date published: Sunday 18th January 2015 2:17 -

QPR remain firm on Austin stance

The 26-year-old striker opened his account for the season in QPR’s 2-2 draw against Cardiff City last Saturday, amid continued interest from the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham.
As the transfer deadline approaches, the QPR head coach said they are under no pressure to sell and, as a result, the reported £15m fee to sign Austin will remain the same.
“He scored 18 goals last season in a team that didn’t do well so we think we have priced him reasonably in order for him to reach his ambitions,” Ramsey told talkSPORT.

“There or thereabouts of what we have mentioned we need to stick to that because QPR as a club need the finances to rebuild and be able to compete in the Championship and set targets for this season and seasons beyond.

“Once you have tasted that top level, you want to get back there. From my point of view, I don’t think I would be being very honest with him if I said to him to stay in the Championship and forget your ambitions.
Ramsey also revealed hopes of keeping Austin as they look to bounce straight back from their relegation from the Premier League, but admitted the upcoming European Championships may hinder his ambitions.
“We are saying to him we are a club that are looking to do well, we are looking to get some solid foundations, and he can be part of that,” he added.

“He is a folk hero and the fans would love to see him stay but ultimately I would imagine he wants to play at the highest level he can and try to get himself in that England squad for the Euros.”

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