Axed QPR boss Chris Ramsey has claimed that Charlie Austin may well leave Loftus Road in January despite claims that he will see out the season with the club.
The former R’s chief was relieved of his duties with the London club earlier this week after a disappointing start to the season in the Championship following relegation last term.
Despite their drop to the second tier, Austin has stayed with the Super Hoops, even though he was heavily linked with a host of other Premier League sides during the summer, while Newcastle and Sunderland are understood to remain keen.
Their widely rumoured £15m asking price was not met, and QPR appeared keep him with the view that promotion is so financially rewarding for them that potentially losing the hit-man when his contract expires in 2016 is worth the risk.
However, with the club currently sitting in 13th and some distance from the play-off spots, Ramsey has suggested that he could be sold on after Christmas:
“Although he’s said he’s going to stay, we know football’s a funny game and things happen,” he is quoted by Get West London.
“Charlie’s had a lot of speculation about him, and I wouldn’t want to put it on his head that he has to score 20 goals.”
Austin has netted seven times this season in 11 appearances and scored a stunning 18 goals last term even though QPR finished rock-bottom of the Premier League table.