Les Ferdinand predicts that Charlie Austin will leave QPR in January if a top Premier League side makes bid

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It's the prediction that many Queens Park Rangers fans were fearing.

Queens Park Rangers' director of football Les Ferdinand believes that Charlie Austin will leave Loftus Road in January, should the club receive a bid from one of the Premier League's top six, the London Evening Standard reports.

The 26-year-old has claimed that he will stay with the Championship side until his contract expires in the summer, however, Ferdinand is concerned that a lucrative opportunity in the top flight may change his mind. 

"I'm realistic and sometimes that gets people upset, but there are teams in the top six of the Premier League that are struggling," Ferdinand claimed (via London Evening Standard).

"If one of those teams come in and bid for Charlie, he will want to go because that's where he sees himself. Charlie's goals-per-game ratio is up there with the best in the country."

Ferdinand's comments suggests that he is anticipating a bid from one of the reputable sides in the top flight that are currently floundering in the division. Chelsea are the obvious side that are currently struggling in attack, and thus, may consider a move for the proven goalscorer as some extra competition for the players they already have.

However, the unpredictability of this season so far, may see several clubs look to Austin as an option to help them get back to where they believe they should be. 

As well as perhaps being available for much less than he's actually worth - due to the time remaining on his contract - Austin has been excellent this term.

With the Hoops struggling somewhat, Austin could be forgiven for failing to rediscover his best form. However, he has remained near his best with 10 goals in 16 games this season. 

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