The 25-year-old is reportedly delaying signing any contracts until the summer.
The west London side are determined to tie the 25-year-old striker down to a £60,000-a-week deal, claim the Mail, although the forward has reportedly provided the club with a surprise response.
Indeed, Austin is said to have told QPR that he will not make any decisions on his future until the summer.
Austin's contract expires in less than 18 months, hence the Loftus Road outfit's eagerness to negotiate.
The QPR man, however, is remaining committed to keeping the club in the Premier League this term, meaning a January move should be out of the question.
Austin may also end up staying at Loftus Road beyond the summer, of course, although he will keep the club sweating on his future until then, should the Mail's report prove true.
The 25-year-old has scored 13 goals in the league this term and is reportedly earning £28,000 per week on his current deal.