The 26-year-old hit an abundance of Premier League goals last season and thus attracted plenty of attention in the summer. Austin, however, opted to remain at Loftus Road.
The QPR striker’s contract runs out next summer, where he will be able to walk away for free.
Another possibility, though, is if a club decides to strike a bargain deal with the Hoops in January – a realistic event considering the West Londoners’ diminishing chances of promotion.
For Derby, a team currently lying in fifth spot in the Championship, bringing in a reliable top-level striker in January in order to boost their promotion bid would surely be a good idea.
With wealthy owner Mel Morris already flexing his financial muscle during the summer, the club have already shown the ambition is there to really push the boat out in order to secure promotion.
However, Mel Morris would be better off spending his money on more pressing matters within the team.
Paul Clement seems to favour a 4-3-3 formation, a system which undoubtedly favours a large portion of Derby’s squad bar a few such as Darren Bent and Andreas Weimann who have needed to adjust.
In Chris Martin plus the two aforementioned frontmen, the Rams have enough firepower at their disposal yet there are concerns mounting regarding other areas of the squad.
Craig Forsyth’s recent injury blow leaves Derby with only one senior left-back, while Tom Ince’s recent absence through injury has been covered by Weimann playing out of position.
Austin, as brilliant as he is, will not offer the East Midlands outfit much more than what they already have. A new winger and left-back in January, on the other hand, would be very welcome additions.