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Chris Ramsey comments on Charlie Austin's chances of staying at QPR next season

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is expected to leave this summer.

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey has told the Shields Gazette that he is hoping to keep Charlie Austin at the club. 

Austin has been linked with a host of Premier League sides - with the same paper claiming Newcastle United are amongst the sides interested in signing the striker - and it is thought that he will leave Loftus Road in the coming months.

However, Ramsey is determined to fight to keep his star man at QPR, as he plots to build a team capable of mounting a Championship promotion fight. 

"He’ll want to play higher, but we’ll make every effort to keep him,” Ramsey said. 

“I would imagine anybody who has scored those goals, and is going to the England camp, would not be looking elsewhere other than to be playing in the Premier League."

QPR are expected to be amongst the favourites to finish in the top two spots in the second tier next season and if they could keep Austin it would be a major boost.

The striker has netted 18 times in the Premier League this season and the quality that he has is obvious. 

However, keeping a player of his class in the team, without top level football on offer, will be a big challenge. 

Austin looks set to move on this summer and it will be a tough test for Ramsey to find an adequate replacement for the clinical finisher, especially as he will be shopping on a budget in the coming months.

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