According to Sky Sports’ transfer centre (June 27, 3:34pm), Southampton would accept an offer in the region of £10m for Charlie Austin, who has attracted an enquiry from newly-promoted Premier League club Sheffield United, and Saints fans have been quick to react on Twitter.
The south coast outfit signed the striker in what was a bargain £4m deal from Queens Park Rangers back in 2016, although the 29-year-old ultimately hasn’t hit the heights with 20 goals in 81 appearances in all competitions for the south coast outfit since.
Injuries have hampered the former Queens Park Rangers and Burnley man at times, while Ralph Hasenhuttl’s preferred pressing style of play meant minutes were limited in recent months following the Austrian’s arrival at St Mary’s in December.
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Hasenhuttl admitted himself earlier in 2019 that Austin had been told that he could leave if a deal that suited all parties could be found, but the latest price tag for a player who only played 979 minutes of Premier League football in 2018/19 has clearly surprised some fans – especially seeing as though he only has one year remaining on his contract.
Southampton supporters have been quick to have their say on the report and asking price via social media, and while one said “Saints are having a giraffe”, another said “we’re nearly as bad as Birmingham” in relation to the ongoing Che Adams saga.
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The south coast outfit are said to have offered £14m for the 22-year-old, while the Championship side want closer to £16m, according to The Sun.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
10m, Saints are having a giraffe.
— Jon Baker (@VectisSaint) June 27, 2019
£10 million! We got the bloke for 4, let him go for the same price and free up some wages. The bloke is awful
— Matt Geer (@MattyGeer147) June 28, 2019
They can Ings at the same time
— steve pratt (@stevepratty) June 27, 2019
Will be our best bit of business all summer this ??????
— Javesy (@Javalarr) June 27, 2019
— Rob Adam Evans (@RobAdamEvans) June 27, 2019
— Alex Lehneis (@alex_lehneis) June 27, 2019
We're nearly as bad as Birmingham, asking £10m for Austin ?#SaintsFC
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) June 27, 2019
Surely 10 million for a player who scored two goals last season and has a year left on his deal is too good to be true. IF/WHEN Austin goes it'll more likely be a fee in between 2-5 million. #saintsfc
— Hasan Tariq (@HasanTariq10) June 27, 2019
£10m for Austin is robbery… in a good way. #saintsfc
— Andy Davis (@andydavis1978) June 27, 2019
Has Charlie Austin ever been worth 10m ??♂️ #SaintsFC
— ????? ?????? (@Saint2hotty) June 28, 2019