QPR are growing more hopeful of completing a permanent deal for on-loan West Brom striker Charlie Austin, report Football League World.
The 31-year-old returned to QPR in January and has scored five goals in 19 games.
His contract expires in the summer and he looks likely to leave The Hawthorns, and QPR are hopeful of getting him permanently despite his high wages and their small budget.
MLS clubs are also reportedly interested in Austin, and it is believed a big offer from the States could appeal to Albion man.
Thanks and good luck
Austin’s hefty wages always meant he was likely to leave West Brom this summer and we will be pleased for him if he joins QPR.
He never fit at The Hawthorns for a variety of reasons and by ridding him off the wage bill we can sign a better forward – perhaps Mbaye Diagne.
This is an important summer for Albion and we need to get the rebuild spot on if we are to mount a promotion campaign.
There could be a number of departures and we must be careful with who we allow to leave.
Releasing Austin is a no-brainer but if bids come in for Sam Johnstone, Matheus Pereira and Kyle Bartley we could be in a sticky situation.
We trust Sam Allardyce to oversee the tough task but if he also leaves then we really will be in the lurch.
One thing that is certain is the need for experienced signings.
Austin and Kieran Gibbs leaving means we need to add senior pros to the squad and hopefully Luke Dowling makes that a priority.
In other West Brom news, ‘I’d be surprised’ – Ex-Villa pundit warns ‘Incredible’ West Brom ace set for Hawthorns exit.