Charlie Austin still looks likely to leave QPR before the transfer window closes, with the Evening Standard suggesting that the frontman favours a move to another London club.
The former Swindon Town man has been linked to a multitude of potential suitors over the course of the summer but as of yet, the Hoops have refused to budge on their £15 million valuation of the player, putting off any serious bids for him.
Despite interest from across the country, recent reports claiming that Austin would rather not leave the capital serve to narrow down his options significantly. Whilst Spurs are a possible destination, their pursuit of both Saido Berahino and our very own Yannick Bolsie lessens the possibility of them splashing the cash on Austin too. In much the same way; the recent arrival of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford would suggest that Palace are highly unlikely to sanction a bid for him.
With that in mind, it looks as though West Ham are now the obvious frontrunners, with Bilic known to be desperate to add more firepower to the Irons’ first-team squad. After a mixed start to the season which has seen the east Londoners beat Arsenal on their own pitch and lose at home to a resurgent Leicester, there is a real desire to add strength in depth, which Austin would undoubtedly offer.
Of course, it would have been fantastic to see Charlie playing in red and blue this season, but circumstances have dictated the need for a shift in our targets over the last few months. There is still a chance that the striker will remain at Loftus Road until January, but as time ticks down, managers, owners and fans become far more willing to lay out exorbitant sums in order to land their man. In West Ham’s case, it’s looking ever more likely that the frantic search for a new goalscorer will prompt them into giving in to QPR’s demands.