The fact that QPR have fallen down the Championship and at the moment are in 13th place on 20 points from 13 games means they are already a full 12 points behind 3rd placed Burnley and their chances of promotion this season seem to be somewhat remote.
That probably means they will be very willing to sell their top star Charlie Austin in January, rather than losing him as a free agent in the summer – and there’s now no way that Charlie would want to stay at QPR.
Charlie Austin – sign this striker in January
There was a remote chance if QPR could get promoted back to the Premier League at their first attempt – then Austin could stay in London with QPR and sign an extension to his contract.
Charlie has been extremely professional this season and last summer in the way he has conducted himself and stuck by QPR and the 26 year-old has shown himself to be a good character and a loyal player – all credit to him for that.
This is what Charlie has said:
“I’ve said before, I’m loyal to QPR and I’m going to stay until the end of the season and aim to get promoted, because that’s what I started out to do,”
“If something comes up in January that’s right for myself and my family, then I’ll assess the situation with my agent.
“However, if not, I will be happy to stay with QPR and play in any position they ask me to play.”
Newcastle were linked with Austin all last summer in a rather long soap opera, but we were unwilling to pay out the high £15M fee the relegated QPR wanted for him.
The fee in January could be a little more than half of that – so it could be a good deal for Newcastle.
But to get him Newcastle will need to be aggressive and decisive – something we are not good at.
But Steve McClaren said we were interested in Charlie in late August, so maybe we can get him in during the early days of January.
We think he would be a very popular signing and his goals (hopefully) could almost guarantee we stay in the Premier League this season.
What do you think?