Report: Queens Park Rangers now willing to sell Charlie Austin

Sunderland, Newcastle United and Aston Villa have all been credited with an interest in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

Lee Hoos has told Get West London that Queens Park Rangers could sell Charlie Austin in January, if they receive a sizeable bid.

Sunderland, Aston Villa and Newcastle United have both been credited with an interest in signing Austin of late, in the Daily Star, but QPR have always remained resolute in their desire to keep hold of the front-man.

The R’s seemingly were determined not to sell Austin, and they claimed he was not for sale earlier in the season.

However, Hoos seems to have relented now, and the chief executive admits that QPR could be forced to sell the striker, if they receive a reasonable fee.

"My whole career has been built on risk management," Hoos said. “The risk is can we replace Charlie with that amount of money? Then it’s worth taking the shot.

“It’s not a case of, ‘oh if we don’t sell this player, we’re stuffed.’ It’s a football versus finance decision.

“At the time, we’ll weigh up the possibilities and the probabilities of promotion, and then come out with a logical decision.”

Losing Austin would be a major blow for QPR’s promotion chances, as he is so pivotal to their side.

If Sunderland, Aston Villa or Newcastle were able to sign him, it would be a boost to their chances of staying in the Premier League though – as Austin is such a proven scorer.

The 26-year-old netted 18 times in England's top flight last term, and he could be the difference between survival and relegation.

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