West Brom willing to let big name go for bargain fee - Sources
The door has opened for Rangers to sign Charlie Austin for a bargain fee this summer as West Brom will let him go if they get promoted, Football Insider understands.
The Championship big guns are well placed to go up automatically if and when the season resumes as they are six points points clear are third place with nine matches remaining.
A West Brom source has told Football Insider that the club will listen to offers for Austin if they secure a place in next season’s Premier League.
Manager Slaven Bilic is an admirer of the prolific striker, who turns 31 in July, but does not regard him as a candidate to play regularly in the top flight.
West Brom are likely to be willing to let Austin go if a club offers half of the £4million fee they paid to sign him from Southampton last summer.
Moreover, the centre-forward has revealed to the Open Goal Podcast he would love to end his career with a swansong at Celtic or Rangers.
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Asked if he had ever had the chance to play in Scotland, Austin recalled how a move was on the cards back in 2013: “Celtic, when I was at Burnley. Neil Lennon did an interview on Sky Sports saying ‘he’s someone that we’re looking at’. I was on the phone to my agent saying, ‘look is this going to happen?’
“It’s something that I would have done. Nothing ever materialised after that and nothing has since. The Old Firm derby is the pull, isn’t it, to play in Scotland. If the opportunity came up, would I go? I think so yeah.”
Austin has been troubled by injuries in recent years but is a proven goalscorer at both Premier League and Championship level.
He has netted 150 career goals since being plucked from non-league football at Poole Town by Swindon in 2009 and also had successful spells at Burnley, QPR, Southampton and now West Brom.
Austin has scored nine goals in 30 appearances for the Baggies, although he has just 13 Championship starts under his belt and has not been a regular starter.