QPR are hopeful of keeping hold of Austin, but with the striker’s contract expiring at the end of the season – they have set a fee, which would be deemed too good to turn down.
The R’s realise that Austin is crucial to their promotion bid, as he is such a clinical goalscorer, and they are willing to lose him on a free to ensure that he stays with them for the season, but an £8 million bid would persuade them to part with the 26-year-old.
That could alert the interests of Sunderland, Newcastle United and Bournemouth, who have all been credited with an interest in Austin by the Chronicle.
The Premier League trio believe the Austin would enhance their forward lines, but it previously seemed that a deal would be impossible.
QPR had previously ruled out selling Austin for anything less than £15 million, as reported by the Chronicle, but it seems that they have relented slightly on that stance, as the transfer window draws closer.
Austin has scored seven goals in 12 Championship matches so far for QPR.