Indeed, Newcastle have been linked with the £15 million-rated 26-year-old on and off all summer but reports now suggest they could make a late bid to bring the R's man to St James' Park.
But former Newcastle boss Alan Pardew could rival them directly for Austin's signature, with Crystal Palace prepared to re-enter the race for the QPR forward.
The Mail report that Bournemouth and the Magpies remain interested in the man who scored twice at Loftus Road on Saturday. West Ham United, though, are expected to have burnt their bridges with Austin after David Sullivan's ill-timed, ill-advised comments.
The report is consistent with the Chronicle's suggestion that Newcastle could still move for the 26-year-old if QPR lowered their asking price for the Championship striker. According to Sky Bet, meanwhile, Steve McClaren's men are 7/1 to sign the forward, while Crystal Palace are rated at a price of 10/1.
If the Austin speculation is growing tiresome - especially for QPR fans - don't worry, another few more days and it'll be over. Until January, at least...