Newcastle United target Charlie Austin fears he is being priced out of a move by Queens Park Rangers, writes Miles Starforth.
The striker is wanted by a number of Premier League clubs – but only Leicester City have made a firm bid.
QPR are demanding £15million for Austin, who netted 18 top-flight goals last season.
But Newcastle – who have been involved in talks with the Championship side – are unwilling to meet their valuation.
West Ham United have also baulked at the fee being demanded by QPR, who are reportedly ready to offer the 26-year-old a new contract at Loftus Road.
Austin, however, is prepared to run down the final year of his contract and leave on a free transfer next summer.
And the feeling among the clubs circling Austin is that QPR, mindful that he could leave for nothing in a year’s time, will have to lower their asking price before the summer transfer window closes.
United have not yet bid for Austin, who worked his way up the leagues after being scouted playing for Poole Town in 2009.
Meanwhile, Aleksander Mitrovic yesterday underwent a medical ahead of his £13million move to Newcastle.
The 20-year-old Anderlecht striker was pictured wearing a black and white shirt at a the Hilton hotel in Gateshead.
Mitrovic will become the club’s second summer signing after midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, who joined from PSV Eindhoven earlier this month.
The deal could finally be confirmed today by the club, which takes on Portland Timbers in the early hours of tomorrow morning.
Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba, 20, could follow Mitrovic to St James’s Park.