QPR will not move on Austin valuation – Ramsey
The 26-year-old, who scored 18 goals last season, has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs but no suitor has yet matched his £15 million asking price
Chris Ramsey insists that QPR have no intention of lowering their valuation of in-demand striker Charlie Austin.
Austin enjoyed a superb debut campaign in the Premier League in 2014-15, though his return of 18 goals in 35 appearances was not enough to prevent the club’s relegation to the Championship.
Austin has been linked with the likes of West Ham and Tottenham this summer, but QPR director of football Les Ferdinand revealed on Monday that only “two firm bids” had been tabled for the 26-year-old, who is valued at £15 million.
Neither offer is said to have matched the Hoops’ asking price, and Ramsey says that the club are not set to allow Austin to leave on the cheap, though he does believe that the forward will eventually depart Loftus Road to boost his chances of making England’s Euro 2016 squad.
“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.
“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 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.”