Charlie Austin clarifies his future amid Sunderland transfer rumours

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QPR striker Charlie Austin is a reported January transfer target for Sunderland.

It was a surprise when Charlie Austin remained at QPR past the close of the summer transfer window, but he has told Sky Sports that he has not even had any thoughts of leaving the Championship side in January.

The free-scoring striker said: “I can't see myself leaving in January, because I'm concentrating on playing for QPR. I think I owe it them and my loyalty is with them, to help them and get promoted.”

Austin’s future as a QPR player was in doubt over the summer due to his great season of goalscoring in the Premier League last term, but he remained with the West London side hoping to fire them back to the top flight.

The 26-year-old has continued to score this term, netting six times in nine games, and rumours about his future have continued to circle. Notably, Sunderland have been linked with Austin in recent weeks, following the appointment of Sam Allardyce as Black Cats manager.

Allardyce is said to be a big fan of the forward, and the Daily Mail claimed that he would look to sign Austin in January to bolster his fairly weak attacking options.

However, Austin himself has downplayed such rumours, claiming that he will remain with QPR past the close of the January window, and until the end of the season at least.

This is a strong show of loyalty from the forward, and Austin should be praised for his decision to stay with the R’s over the January transfer window.

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