QPR to offer Charlie Austin fresh terms and remain keen on Jermain Defoe

Harry Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp hopes to see a new deal put to Charlie Austin amid transfer talk and admits to still being keen on Jermain Defoe.

Harry Redknapp would like to reach the end of January with his striking options at Queens Park Rangers enhanced by a new deal for his top marksman and with a familiar face welcomed into his ranks.

QPR clambered off the foot of the Premier League table over the weekend, with a 3-2 victory over Leicester City enough to send the struggling Foxes crashing to rock-bottom.

The challenge now is to start building momentum and ensure that positive results are not secured in isolation.

Goals will be crucial to those plans, with a leaky defence leaving the Loftus Road frontmen with plenty to do.

Among those to have answered the call so far is Charlie Austin, with the former Swindon Town and Burnley forward currently the top scoring Englishman in the top-flight.

His efforts have not unnoticed, with talk of interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur building ahead of the January transfer window.

QPR are understandably eager to quash those rumours as quickly as possible, with Redknapp revealing that contract extension talks are being planned with Austin.

He said: "Everyone wants to keep Charlie here. I'm sure they'll (the board) speak to him. It's not up to me, I don't get involved. I don't know how long he's got left on his contract.

"He has been doing well and he needs to keep doing well. He is capable of getting 20 goals this season. He is full of confidence, playing well and is happy here."

Redknapp has also confirmed that he remains keen on bringing Jermain Defoe – a man he has previously worked with at West Ham United, Tottenham and Portsmouth – back to English football from MLS side Toronto FC.

He added: "It depends how much it costs. If it's too expensive we can't so it. I love him but it depends what the deal is."

QPR have found the target just 14 times in their 13 Premier League games so far, so it is clear that – despite Austin’s best efforts – there is still work to be done in the final third.

Bringing Defoe on board would be a positive step in the right direction, with the England international a man with well over 100 top-flight goals to his name.

He is, however, now 32 years of age and retaining the services of Austin – a man seven years his junior – should be considered a greater priority for those at Loftus Road, with it important to always keep one eye on the future.

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