QPR have rejected a £12 million bid from Leicester City for star striker Charlie Austin.
Austin was one of the finds the Premier League last season, finding the back of the net 18 times and finishing fourth in the Premier League scoring charts. His goalscoring heroics though, were not enough as The Hoops faced relegation, finishing bottom of the pack.
His efforts were recognized when he was called up by England last month for the friendlies against Slovenia and the Republic of Ireland.
And Austin will not be playing in England’s second tier, with suitors lining up bids for the former Swindon Town attacker. While Leicester have started the bidding for Austin, it is understood that Chelsea, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are all chasing the coveted 25-year-old.
Leicester’s £12 million falls much short of the £15 million, which would make the Tony Fernandes owned side think into parting ways with the striker.
Leicester, who miraculously managed to escape relegation towards the tail end of the season, are looking to bolster their squad ahead of the new season. The Foxes, who already have Andrej Kramarić, Leonardo Ulloa and Jamie Vardy as their striking options, added Mainz attacker Shinji Okazaki to their roster last week.
And despite possessing options upfront, the managerless East Midlands club have reportedly sanctioned the bid, which would have been a club-record fee.
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