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Thursday 23 February 2017

QPR reject Leicester's £12 million bid for Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin

Managerless Leicester are understood to have had a bid of £12 million for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin rejected.

The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for Rangers last season but could not help keep them in the top flight.

Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson’s England squad for last month’s fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.

Austin has been linked with moves to the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Newcastle and West Ham, having proven his Premier League pedigree, even with a struggling side. It is believed Rangers are holding out for around £15  million for a player they bought from Burnley two years ago.

Only Sergio Agüero, Harry Kane and Diego Costa scored more league goals last season than Austin struck against Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal ­during an ultimately unsuccessful survival attempt by Chris Ramsey’s side.

Leicester, who broke their transfer record twice last season to sign strikers Leonardo Ulloa and Andrej Kramaric, were able to retain their top-flight status after winning seven of their last nine fixtures.

Despite that, they parted company with manager Nigel Pearson on Tuesday and have been linked with approaches to former Holland coach Guus Hiddink and Bolton Wanderers manager Neil Lennon, who enjoyed a successful playing career at the East Midlands club.

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