West Bromwich Albion were reportedly happy to offload Charlie Austin in the summer but despite interest from Derby County and Cardiff City, the player’s hesitance and his salary proved an obstacle to a move.
The 31-year-old scored 10 times last season as he helped the Baggies secure promotion to the Premier League but has seemed excess to requirements this term, not featuring once in the league so far.
The Athletic has revealed that West Brom were open to Austin leaving the club in the summer – just a year after his arrival at the Hawthorns – with Derby and Cardiff among the sides keen on taking the forward.
It is understood, however, that his exit did not materialise as the Albion striker was unsure and his salary proved an obstacle.
Should the Premier League follow the Championship by opting to go with five substitutions and nine players on the bench, Austin may get another chance to impress for Slaven Bilic’s side but with his contract set to expire next summer, a January move could well be on the cards for him.
We’ve seen his quality in the past, so you feel he is unlikely to be short of options – though he may have to take a lower wage.
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It’s interesting to get this insight into why Austin’s potential move back to the Championship fell through.
He wasn’t at his best last term but still managed to net 10 goals and you feel he could’ve been a useful option, particularly for Derby who look short of striking quality.
Should the substitution rule go through then you feel the 31-year-old could yet play a part for the Baggies this term, otherwise a January exit might be his best chance of regular football.
Championship clubs may be monitoring that situation as the winter window moves closer.