Charlie Austin discusses QPR future after 18-goal Premier League season

Inside Loftus Road

Charlie Austin says he is preparing to stay with QPR - for now.

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has told the club's official website that he is preparing to stay at Loftus Road until he is told otherwise.

Austin, 26, smashed 18 goals in 35 Premier League games for QPR last season, proving his quality in the top flight after years of being in non-league and the Football League.

The striker even earned an England call-up at the end of the season, but his exploits couldn't prevent the R's from being relegated back to the Championship at the first time of asking.

Now though, Austin's goalscoring heroics are attracting interest, with the Daily Star reporting that Newcastle United and West Ham United are both looking to land the striker, with a £15m asking price on his head.

With Austin having just one year left on his contract, speculation surrounds the striker's future - but he has told the QPR official website that he is preparing to stay at Loftus Road until his situation changes, saying that his future lies in the hands of director of football Les Ferdinand, manager Chris Ramsey, owner Tony Fernandes and his own agent.

"What's going on back at home is for other people to worry about," said Austin. "That's for Les, Chris, my agent and Tony to sort out. For me, I'm here to get my head down and work as hard as I can, hopefully play in a couple of games whilst I'm out here and prepare for Charlton on the 8th."

"Until I'm told otherwise, I'm a QPR player and I'm preparing for the Championship next year, and if I'm told otherwise, then so be it," he added.

Newcastle or West Ham?

Both Premier League clubs seem to be interested in signing Austin, but which one should he choose if the duo bid for him this summer?

Newcastle are attempting to embark on a new era under manager Steve McClaren, but the Magpies are notoriously volatile off the pitch, and last season's relegation battle should serve as a major warning to Austin as he looks to take the next step in his career.

However, West Ham are an ambitious, forward-thinking club who have a new stadium to move in to next summer, with their move to the Olympic Stadium drawing ever closer. With Andy Carroll seemingly always injured, Austin could play plenty of football under Slaven Bilic - all of which makes the Hammers a more attractive proposition.

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