Sunday 19 November 2017

Austin hits back at Sullivan

Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers
Charlie Austin of Queens Park Rangers

Charlie Austin has hit back at an "outrageous slur" from West Ham owner David Sullivan after he said signing the player would be a big risk for the club.

The 26-year-old QPR striker has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs over the summer after scoring 18 goals as the Hoops dropped out of the top flight.

West Ham are one of several sides who have looked to make a move for Austin but QPR have not budged from their £15million valuation.

But, when asked if Austin was a target, Sullivan said: "They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows?

"To sign a £15m player is a big risk. Knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that's the end of it.

"And he didn't keep Queens Park Rangers up. If he'd kept them up single-handedly you might say it was different - and a few of those goals were penalties."

Austin released a personal statement on Twitter, defending his fitness and his professionalism.

"I feel I have no option but to address the inaccurate, misleading and uninformed innuendo about my physical condition that has been raised today by an individual who is not privy to my personal health history," he said.

"For the record, there is nothing wrong with my "ligaments", as has been suggested and with two goals in my last two games I don't think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever.

"For a senior figure at a Premier League club to insinuate that I could break down at any moment is an outrageous slur on my professionalism."

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