Charlie Austin slams West Ham co-owner after injury comments
Charlie Austin fuming after David Sullivan questions player’s condition
August 21st, 2015
It seems virtually certain that West Ham United won’t be signing Charlie Austin this summer after David Sullivan made some disparaging remarks regarding the QPR forward.
Sullivan has previously had his fingers burnt after signing Andy Carroll from Liverpool only to see the striker miss the majority of games with injury and the Hammers co-owner appears determined not to make the same mistake again.
Nevertheless, after calling into question whether Austin had any ligaments in his left leg, the player responded with a strongly-worded statement and it’s fairly safe to say that the striker won’t be signing for West Ham during this window.
Sullivan said: “Firstly, we haven’t got £15m to spend under the fair play rules. Secondly, he failed a medical at Hull a couple of years ago.
“They say he has no ligaments in his knee, who knows? To sign a £15m player is a big risk. He could go on for years, but knowing our luck his knee will go in his first game and that’s the end of it.”
Austin was indignant after the comments.
“For the record, there is nothing wrong with my ‘ligaments’, as has been suggested,” Austin added in a statement.
“My strength and performance in pre-season has been excellent and with two goals in my last two games I don’t think there is any doubt that my match sharpness is as good as ever.
“Like many professional footballers, I have the legacy of injuries picked up over my career but the effect on my day-to-day training and on matchday is non-existent.
“I am fit, strong and looking forward to Saturday’s home game against Rotherham.”