Swindon striker Charlie Austin has announced that he may well be leaving the club over the course of the next week.
The 21-year old has already seen bids from various Championship clubs, including Hull, rejected by the former Premiership club, but may be unable to stand in his way for much longer.
The current favourites for the youngster’s signature currently appear to be SPL side Celtic and Championship run away leaders, QPR. Either of whom will certainly need to pay at least £1m to get their hands on Austin, who has now scored 34 goals for Swindon in under 60 appearances over the past two years.
It would represent a massive profit for Swindon who signed Austin for a minimal fee from Poole Town after a trial period he was given due to a magnificent record at Poole of a goal a game in 46 games.
Despite this, Swindon chairman, Andrew Fitton has recently told the local press that:
“Charlie Austin is not for sale. We are close to Charlie and his agent and we discuss the best for his future and I am sure he’s in complete agreement.”
The pressure of a move to either a massive club like Celtic or a move to the top flight with QPR, where Neil Warnock sees Austin as a man more capable of cutting it at Premier League level than Helguson and Hulse, would put incredible pressure on both Austin and his agent to engineer a move. This is encapsulated by Austin’s own comments today.
So this leaves one question, do you go to the massive club in a nothing league, or the Premier League?