The striker completed a move to Southampton on Saturday.
The striker has completed a move to Premier League side Southampton, with QPR having accepted a fee for his services now rather than lose him on a free in the summer.
The move is a blow for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side though, who had hoped to keep him until his contract expired so he could help with a push up the table in the second half of the campaign.
Instead, they must seek to replace their top goalscorer half way through the season, and Sky Sports report that QPR are hoping to bring in a replacement before the end of the January transfer window.
They are likely to find a permanent solution hard to find though, with the winter transfer window notoriously hard to do business in.
Instead, perhaps Austin’s exit may force them to move ahead with a potential loan move for Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford, with the Daily Mail reporting this week they were keen on a deal.
The striker previously managed 17 goals while on loan at Middlesbrough, and eight at Derby County, and could be a perfect short-term solution for Hasselbaink’s side after losing Austin.