Les Ferdinand: We are considering extending Charlie Austin’s contract

QPR striker Austin has been linked with West Brom, Newcastle, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Southampton.

Austin is one of the most in demand transfer targets this summer, but QPR director of football Les Ferdinand has admitted to WestLondonSport that he could be offered a new contract.

The former striker said: “It’s something that we’re considering at the moment. Then we’d have put the ball back in Charlie’s court in terms of what he wants to do.”

Whilst a new deal would not prevent Austin’s exit, it would bring further security to the Championship club concerning the future of their star player.

Austin excelled in the Premier League during 2014/15, and following QPR’s drop to the second tier, he has become a transfer target for many of the current top flight teams.

The Mirror have reported that Newcastle, West Brom, West Ham, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Southampton all want the forward this summer, although the same report references that he will cost at least £15 million.

Yet with just one year left on his contract, this asking price could drop rapidly in the coming months. If QPR keep ahold of Austin this summer, they could be forced into selling the striker in January to guarantee a transfer fee, otherwise they risk losing him for free next summer.

QPR have no qualms about letting Austin leave, as long as their asking price is matched, and the main reason they will offer him a contract is to ensure the financial demands can stay high.

If he agrees a new deal with the R’s, they can continue to request the same asking price for the entire season, and ensure they make the best profit on their key asset.

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