Les Ferdinand admits concern that Charlie Austin could leave QPR

Inside Loftus Road

Queens Park Rangers Director of Football Les Ferdinand wants to keep Charlie Austin at Loftus Road - but knows he could leave.

Queens Park Rangers are hoping to keep hold of Charlie Austin - but Les Ferdinand has told the Daily Star that they could well lose the striker this summer.

The R's have lost seven of their last eight games, and are staring relegation in the face right now after Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham.

If QPR are going to mount a great escape, they will need to rely heavily on striker Charlie Austin, who has been their star player this season.

Austin, 25, fired QPR to promotion last season, hitting 17 goals in 31 games following his move from Burnley in 2013 - but many expected the former non-league star to struggle with the step up in class to the Premier League.

They couldn't have been more wrong though, with Austin smashing 15 goals in just 25 Premier League games this season - 11 more goals than QPR's second top scorer Leroy Fer.

It's clear how important Austin is, but his contract is set to expire in just over a year, leaving QPR vulnerable to bids in the summer should they go down.

The Daily Star report that Austin is stalling over a new £60,000-per-week contract at Loftus Road - probably until he knows which division Rangers are in next season - and they also spoke to the club's Director of Football Les Ferdinand, who admitted his concern over the situation.

"We will be trying our best come the end of the season to make sure Charlie signs up and stays," said Ferdinand. "But you know what we do understand is that players are ambitious. Sometimes they want to look elsewhere."

"We will be doing our best to make sure we give him the opportunity to stay and play in the Premier League. The aim is to replenish the squad and we don't want to be losing our best players like Charlie," he added.

If QPR do go down, then it's highly unlikely that Austin would stay given that some are even calling for him to be called up to the England squad - and whilst there's a sense of urgency from Ferdinand, the situation may be out of his hands.

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