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We won't pay 15million for Charlie Austin, says David Sullivan

Filed: Thursday, 20th August 2015
By: Staff Writer

David Sullivan has revealed that West Ham are unlikely to move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin - unless the Championship club slash their 15million asking price.

West Ham United's co-Chairman, speaking exclusively to Chris Scull and James Longman on the new KUMB West Ham Podcast explained why the club had refrained from making an official approach for the striker, who enjoyed a prolific campaign last season despite Rangers being relegated from the Premier League.

"Firstly, we haven't got 15million to spend under the Fair Play rules," said Sullivan. "Secondly, he [Austin] failed a medical at Hull a couple of years ago. They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows? To sign a player for 15million is a big risk.

"He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that's the end of it!

"If we had 100million to spend we may say 'we'll spend 15million and gamble one-sixth of our budget'. But it's not one-sixth of our budget, it'd smash our budget to bits.

"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.

"16 goals is still very good, but when we played Queens Park Rangers last year they had to win to stand any chance of staying up - and he wasn't very good [that day]."

During our exclusive two-part interview, Sullivan - who was accompanied by his two sons Jack and Dave - also spoke about:

Alex Song - and why he's yet to complete his return to the club

Joey Barton - and why the club tried to sign the former QPR midfielder

Stewart Downing - and the truth behind his return to Middlesbrough

Sam Allardyce - the Sullivans respond to Sam's "ungrateful" jibe and reveal the truth behind his departure

Slaven Bilic - and the club's hopes and requirements for the new man at the helm

Transfer window - the latest situation with regard to incoming - and outgoing - players

Europa League - David Sullivan answers criticism regarding West Ham's early exit

You may listen to the new KUMB Podcast with David, Jack and Dave Sullivan here. All Podcasts from our first three series may be found here.

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