The West Ham fans are gathered at the bar in The Transfer Tavern this evening and discussing reports that the club were interested in a bringing an English striker to the club during the transfer window.
The Daily Mirror is reporting that West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan would have moved on bringing former QPR striker Charlie Austin to the club for £4 million, had he known the low fee he was available for.
Austin finally made a move away from Loftus Road to Southampton for the fee quoted earlier and Sullivan admits that had he known that the striker was available for that price the club would have made a move. Speaking about Austin, Sullivan said:
“Our next league game is away at Southampton and I just want to clarify my views on the Charlie Austin situation. Contrary to reports, he is a player I have always greatly admired and his climb through the divisions is inspiring.”
“I once said at £12million he was a gamble, with his injury record. However, if his financial demands are reasonable, Southampton have got fantastic value at £4m. Had I known he was available at that price, I would have taken the gamble myself — and I am sure half the Premier League clubs would have as well.”
The West Ham fans in The Transfer Tavern, although disappointed that Austin is not with their club, totally understands why the club did not make a move after being quoted £12 million during the summer.
West Ham fans, do you wish you beat Southampton to Austin? Let us know in the comments below!