Neil Warnock discloses the advice he's given to Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin

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Queens Park Rangers striker is reportedly wanted by Newcastle United and Sunderland

Neil Warnock has told Sky Sports’ FL72 Podcast that he has already told Charlie Austin to keep his head down at Queens Park Rangers.

Austin has been linked with the likes of Newcastle United and Sunderland by the Chronicle ahead of the January transfer window.

However, Warnock is keen to ensure that his star striker’s head isn’t turned by the reported interest – and he wants him to focus on getting back to full fitness at Loftus Road.

"All I’ve said to Charlie Austin is to train hard and play hard, and that’s all he’s doing," Warnock said. "He’s missed a month through injury, and it’s been catching up really. He’s not up to 100 per cent yet."

Austin has been tracked by Premier League clubs ever since QPR were relegated last season.

The former Swindon Town man racked up 18 goals in England’s top-flight in the 2014/15 campaign, as he showed off his predatory instincts.

His impressive scoring form has not gone unnoticed, but the R’s have resisted all approaches so far.

However, with the January transfer window set to swing open soon, Austin’s future is sure to come under the spotlight once again.

Austin has managed to score seven times in 12 matches for QPR this season, with injury ruling him out for a sizeable chunk of the campaign.

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