Austin has found competitive opportunities hard to come by under Southampton's new boss Mauricio Pellegrino, with his only start this season coming in the Carabao Cup.
The 28-year-old scored an impressive nine goals in 22 appearances last season - his first full campaign at St Mary's - having signed from QPR in January 2016.
And after Austin tweeted an action shot from yesterday's game, several R's fans were quick to share their feelings.
Nice to score 3 today not to sure what's going on with the shape of my foot after taking the pen pic.twitter.com/Lo5Zbnqpsl— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin10) 9 November 2017
If you need game time, a 6 month loan in W12 wouldn't hurt ⚪— Nikil Bharrat (@NikBharrat) 9 November 2017
What a waste chaz! Get back to the rsss for game time in January?— David Brown (@david28brown) 9 November 2017
should be with england atm charlie, please come back to qpr— alex (@alex88420316) 9 November 2017
What a waste of talent— John Bowgen (@hemelqprlad) 9 November 2017
would literally take him back in a heartbeat - natural finisher , would easily get us back up with our midfield now— Shawn (@MoistStrawberry) 10 November 2017
Come back to the hoops and play first team football— Simon Barcessat (@SimonBarcessat) 9 November 2017
Austin spent two and a half seasons at Queens Park Rangers, with whom he was promoted in 2013-14, and scored 47 goals in 89 appearances.
The uncapped English striker is under contract until 2020, however, and is unlikely to come cheap should another club come in for him in January.
QPR have cut their budget significantly since their relegation two years ago, but are 8/1 favourites for his signature nonetheless with bookmakers Sky Bet.
Should Austin quit Southampton in January?