£70,000-a-wk West Brom player open to MLS switch, likely to stay after 5pm Friday - report
Charlie Austin is likely to stay put at West Brom after the transfer deadline passes at 5pm on Friday, according to the Sun.
The newspaper reported in their live transfer blog on Thursday morning that Austin, 31, could still leave The Hawthorns in January amid interest from MLS clubs.
It is understood that the experienced centre-forward would be open to a move to the USA and is prepared to remain in the Black Country until the New Year.
The Sun adds that Derby have been interested in Austin but a deal to take the ex-Southampton player to Pride Park “looks dead in the water”.
Austin has not featured in the league since West Brom won promotion from the Championship last season, when the 31-year-old was Albion’s top goalscorer in all competitions.
However, statistics website Spotrac reports that Austin is among the top earners at The Hawthorns on a deal worth £70,000-a-week.
There’s no way that West Brom can justify paying that kind of money to someone who isn’t in Slaven Bilic’s plans.
And with Karlan Grant reportedly getting closer to joining the Baggies from Huddersfield, Austin’s opportunities for game-time are going to decrease even more.
But, Hal Robson-Kanu’s broken arm, Callum Robinson’s period in self-isolation and Kenneth Zohore’s general uselessness means that Austin might at least play a role in the clash against Burnley on Monday.
Austin needs to seize every chance he gets but it wouldn’t shock us if he heads Stateside in the January window amid the reported interest from MLS clubs.
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