Ray Wilkins comments on Charlie Austin’s future

Charlie Austin

Derby County, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Aston Villa are all reportedly interested in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

Former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins said on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (December 18) that Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is playing the game regarding his future.

Austin has been on the books of QPR since 2013 and is one of the best players in the team.

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move away from the Championship outfit, with as many as three Premier League clubs reportedly interested in him.

According to a report in The Daily Star last month, Newcastle United and Sunderland want to sign Austin.

Aston Villa are also looking to sign the Rangers star in the January transfer window, claimed The Daily Mail last month.

The Sun claimed over the weekend that Derby County are interested in the striker (click here to read more).

“I also think that Charlie is playing the game as well,” said former QPR midfielder Wilkins on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Friday morning (December 18).

“His contract is up in the summer. It was big money that was spoken about Charlie, something like £15 million, so he will be in for a nice little payday.”

Austin’s current contract with QPR runs out in the summer of 2016, which means that clubs will be able to sign him on a free transfer.

Unless the 26-year-old signs a new contract, Rangers are running the risk of losing one of their most valuable assets for free at the end of the season.

Selling Austin in the January transfer window would not be a good idea for the London outfit, who got relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season and are in the running for the Championship playoffs this campaign.

Austin scored 18 goals and created 23 chances in 35 Premier League appearances for Rangers last season.

So far this campaign, the former Burnley star has scored 10 goals and created 17 chances in 16 Championship games.

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