Few properties amongst mid-ranging Premier League outfits have recorded a higher temperature than Charlie Austin this summer.
The striker fired 18 Premier League goals in QPR’s unsuccessful fight against relegation and has earned himself a raft of admirers in the top tier.
Leicester have already had a bid for him rejected, while West Ham, West Brom and Newcastle are also amongst the harem.
It’s the latter who are deemed most likely to lure Austin away from Loftus Road, but reports have today surfaced that they won’t pay north of £12m for him on account of a patchy medical history.
Scares surrounding the durability of the 26-year-old’s shoulder are alleged to have put off plenty in the pursuit, but the interested parties can’t allow over-hyped injury concerns to cost them a potent source of top-tier goals.
Austin started 35 league games last term and 34 across all competitions the season prior.
Making the XI on 69 occasions over two campaigns is not the return of a player prone to stints in the sick bay.
Allowing overly cautious medical advice to dictate transfer strategy has cost a number of Premier League clubs in the past, with two examples standing out.
Stoke didn’t sign Demba Ba in the winter of 2011 when suggestions of a dodgy knee forced them to cancel the deal they had in place with Hoffenheim.
The Senegalese ace subsequently signed for West Ham, where he failed to make the match day squad just twice following his February debut, scoring seven times in 12 Premier League games.
His knee worry that frightened Stoke into calling the deal off was made to look even more farcical the next year, where he featured in 34 games for Newcastle, scoring 16 times.
Since leaving West Ham at the end of 2010/11, not a single season has passed in which Ba hasn’t featured in over 20 fixtures across all competitions.
After spurning the Senegal star, Stoke scored just 17 top-flight goals from February onwards.
Another instance of a yet-to-materialise ailment causing the collapse of a nigh-on completed transfer is Loic Remy’s Liverpool switch.
A deal was brokered between the Reds and QPR, only for the former to cancel the move after problems with the Frenchman’s heart were identified.
Chelsea weren’t perturbed by this mystery condition and were duly rewarded with nine goals last term from a man they used primarily from the bench.
Liverpool, meanwhile, spent almost double the amount Remy would’ve cost signing Mario Balotelli.
The Italian’s ticker was, apparently, in better knick, but his footballing prowess wasn’t, as one league goal to date will attest.