QPR striker Charlie Austin has dropped a huge hint about his plans for the January transfer window, having bagged the winner for the Hoops at Loftus Road last weekend against Leeds United.
Charlie Austin’s comments here are the biggest sign yet that he wants to leave QPR as soon as possible; alerting the likes of Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace to his availability in the run-up to the January transfer window with a good old-fashioned “come and get me” plea.
Despite vowing to stay on and fight for his place in the West Londoners’ starting XI, it looks as though the Championship man is now getting itchy feet; suggesting that he would be open to a move in January, were a good enough offer to come his way. Newcastle, West Ham and Crystal Palace made no secret of their interest in him over the summer, before voicing obvious and valid reservations about the £15 million fee QPR were demanding; not a great deal has changed since. Austin remains a lethal finisher, the aforementioned trio of clubs are still on the lookout for more goals and Tony Fernandes is still more than likely to insist upon a silly sum to part with his biggest asset.
Where this scenario does now differ from five months ago, is in the mindset of the player in question, who had previously refused to ever openly discuss his post-QPR plans. As you can see from his comments on TalkSPORT yesterday, (attached above) Austin’s thoughts have now shifted to next season, when he aims to be a Premier League player, with or without QPR.
With just six months remaining on the striker’s current deal, his form in the weeks leading up to the January transfer window could prove pivotal to his chances of being offered a feasible escape route from Loftus Road prior to the end of the current campaign, simultaneously opening up a path towards a possible place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 plans.
Without a single league goal from any of our recognised strikers so far this season, Pardew is bound to be enthusiastic about the prospect of adding Austin to his squad in the New Year, but, with the mouth-watering chance of getting him without being forced to shell out a transfer fee in the summer, we may well see the numerous interested parties keeping their powder dry for the foreseeable future.
One thing’s for sure, Charlie wants out.