As reported by the Northern Echo, Newcastle have been told to forget about signing QPR striker Austin in the January transfer window, as the player intends to not rush with the decision concerning his future.
Austin is out of contract next summer, and there have yet been no indications that he is ready to extend his contract with QPR. Having proven himself in the Premier League, the 26-year-old is surely not keen on staying in the Championship for too long, and if the R’s are not promoted this season he can leave for free at the end of the campaign to one of many interested top flight clubs.
However, QPR are doing well in the second tier, and Austin is willing to stay with the club until the end of the season, rather than rushing the decision about his future, and potentially signing for the wrong side.
This means that Newcastle have been warned off moving for Austin, knowing now that a January move for the forward is all-but off.
There are no indications as to how QPR will react to this news, as they could look to sell Austin in January if it is clear he will not sign a new contract. They would risk losing a key asset for free, and, if out of the promotion race, would much likely want to bring in a transfer fee rather than seeing Austin walk away from Loftus Road next summer.