QPR boss Chris Ramsey has told Get West London that Austin could still leave West London this season, admitting that his situation will be reassessed in the January transfer window.
Ramsey said: “We hope we do have the speculation [about Austin’s future] because it shows he’s done well, and he scores a hatful of goals, and we find it difficult to keep him. But right now, we’re looking short and medium term. We’ll see how success goes for us, and then look at the next transfer window. Everyone’s got their price, but I’m happily flabbergasted that no one met ours in the last window.”
Ramsey’s statement that he will see how success goes before looking at selling Austin implies that a sale will only occur if the R’s are on the track to promotion.
Austin has started this season in impressive form, and he will certainly be hoping to push QPR back towards the Premier League.
With just one season left on his contract, it is unlikely that Austin would want to stay at Loftus Road if next season will also be spent in the second division, and if promotion is not a possibility, that is when QPR will consider selling him.
The clubs that were keen on bringing him back to the top flight this summer are sure to remain interested in the January window, with the likes of Crystal Palace and Newcastle United wanting to sign him.
The Mirror claimed Palace’s interest, whilst the Chronicle reported on the Magpies' desire to sign him, although neither team wanted to pay the £15 million asking price on his head - as reported in that Mirror article.
However, if a move will occur in January, Austin will be available for a much lower price due to his contract status, and both Palace and Newcastle would be foolish to not move for the prolific striker when the transfer window opens.