QPR Charlie Austin moved closer to the Loftus Road exit after chairman Tony Fernandes admitted no player would get the club into further financial hot water.
Fans forums have urged Fernandes to try and keep the man who sat on the England bench against Republic of Ireland yesterday by offering him a new deal.
But the chairman with sleeves rolled up to fight a potential Financial Fair Play fine, is adamant QPR's new dawn has no room for any player who doesn’t fit a tight budget after the club’s relegation.
“We’ve had discussions with Charlie, but we’ve set a culture here; we’ll be disciplined,” Fernandes said.
“We’ll lose players who don’t want relegation clauses and that type of thing. We’re not going to pay anything to get someone, either by transfer fee or wages.”
Newcastle are reportedly the latest suitors for the man playing non-league just six years ago. The Magpies along with Southampton and Aston Villa want a proven hitman after Austin netted 18 goals (see gallery) in an ultimately doomed rearguard action.
The club want £15 million for the forward who cost them £4 million when signed in the summer of 2013 from Burnley.