Charlie Austin generating interest, but QPR planning contract talks

Harry Redknapp says there is no chance of Queens Park Rangers selling Charlie Austin in January, with the club hoping to extend his contract at some stage.

Charlie Austin has broken into double figures in terms of Premier League goals scored in his debut campaign at that level.

We have not yet reached Christmas and a top-flight rookie is showing that he is more than comfortable among the elite and is pushing hard for a call-up to the next England squad.

Taking all of that into account, mounting transfer talk heading into the January window was inevitable.

There are plenty of clubs harbouring European aspirations that would welcome the addition of a proven marksman to their ranks.

Austin also has just 18 months remaining on his current contract and may be tempted to take on a new challenge if an enticing offer is put to him.

QPR have no intention of selling, though, with Harry Redknapp of the opinion that the ambition at Loftus Road can convince their most potent attacking weapon to stay put.

He said: “He’s got 18 months left, Charlie. He’s not going anywhere in January.

“It’s up to Charlie and everyone else. We want to keep him here long-term but it’s like everything else, we’ve got to stay in the division this year, which I’m sure we will do. Charlie has proved that he’s a Premier League player and he wants to play in the Premier League for the rest of his career, if he can. He’s got to keep scoring goals. I’m sure he’s loving every minute of what he’s doing at the moment.”

Pressed further on whether Austin’s contract situation could leave QPR vulnerable to offers from afar, Redknapp added: “Not at the moment, not in January. Once he gets into the last year of his contract, then it’s a different proposition.

“We have all got to wait and see and just concentrate on this season. If we do that, then I’m sure we can tie him down longer and secure his future at QPR.”

  GoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Charlie Austin 11 58 26 15 1,284

Austin moved to Loftus Road in the summer of 2013 and helped fire QPR to promotion in his first season with the club.

He has come a long way in a short space of time, but has proved himself each and every time he has taken a step up in class.

His movement, work rate and keen eye for goal make him the perfect frontman and he would not be human if he did not have ambitions of one day gracing the very top of the game.

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