David Gold responds when asked whether West Ham could target Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin should be a top Premier League target again in January.

West Ham co-chairman David Gold is quoted by The Sun as saying that he doubts the Hammers will make a January move for QPR ace Charlie Austin.

The Hammers are currently facing an attacking crisis, having seen Dimitri Payet, Victor Moses, Manuel Lanzini, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia all go down with major injuries.

Some fans are keen to see another striker signed in January considering the lack of impact from Nikica Jelavic and Andy Carroll of late, but it doesn't look like QPR's Austin will be pulling on the famous claret and blue shirt any time soon.

Austin, 26, is out of contract at the end of the season, and having hit 18 goals in the Premier League last season, he is surely set to attract plenty of interest in the January transfer window, despite no clubs moving for him during the summer as QPR suffered relegation to the Championship.

Now though, clubs could sense a bargain in Austin, and West Ham co-chairman Gold has been asked about the prospect of signing the goal machine.

As quoted by The Sun, Gold stated that he doesn't think West Ham will be targeting Austin in January, with lingering concerns over his long-term fitness.

"I doubt Charlie will figure in this window," said Gold. "We will wait for medical bulletins before making any decisions," he added.

Gold's fellow Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan made controversial comments about Austin's injury status over the summer, as reported here by The Mirror, and the striker responded with a furious statement, seen on The Guardian.

There appears to be bad blood between Austin and Sullivan, so any move from West Ham for Austin in January would be a huge shock - even with West Ham's injury crisis in attack.

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