Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has admitted he turned down a return to the Premier League this summer, as reported by The Shields Gazette.
The England international was the subject of increased transfer speculation during the transfer window, with Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham and Manchester United all linked with a move for his signature.
But with QPR refusing to consider bids of anything less than £15million for the front man, a move never managed to materialise.
And Austin has admitted he did indeed receive an offer from a Premier League club, but decided to turn it down in favour of remaining with the Championship outfit.
He said: “I turned down a move [to the Premier League] which wasn’t right for me and my family.
“I didn’t feel it was right for me to go, so I stayed at QPR.”
The club in question remains a mystery, but it was widely believed West Ham were serious about bringing him to east London before the Hammers’ chairman David Sullivan publicly admitted they wouldn’t pursue a move for Austin because he has “no ligaments in his knee” and “when he played against us last season he wasn’t very good.”
And just a few hours before the end of the transfer window, Austin confirmed via his Twitter page that he would indeed be staying at Loftus Road.
Austin scored 18 Premier League goals last season, but failed to prevent the west London club from being relegated to the Championship.