Incoming QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has warned Premier League clubs that Charlie Austin will not come on the cheap, according to the Newcastle Chronicle.
The former Chelsea legend left Burton to take the reins at Loftus Road and one of his first orders of business will be to sort out the future of his 26-year old star forward.
Austin had been linked with a raft of Premier League clubs in the summer including; Newcastle, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Leicester City.
Ultimately, the £15m price tag set on his head is thought to have proved too much with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.
Despite his Rs deal drawing to a close, the newly appointed Dutch tactician has moved to quell suggestions he will be sold at a knockdown price rather than risk losing him for free.
‘You don’t pinch, he’s not going to be pinched’, revealed the 43-year old at his unveiling in West London.
‘Charlie is a very important individual at this club.’
The former Burnley hitman netted 18 goals in the Premier League last season despite the club’s relegation, even earning a call-up to the England squad.