QPR boss desperate to keep Liverpool & Tottenham target

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that the club are ready to thrash out a new contract with Charlie Austin as interest from the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham intensifies.

The 25-year-old has made a fine start to life in the top tier after a journey through the various lower divisions of the non-league and Football League game, notching seven goals already for the newly promoted Super Hoops – the joint highest tally for an Englishman in the Premier League

His razor-sharp form in front of goal has led to talk that big sides are tracking the 25-year-old, with Liverpool and Spurs having been alerted by his contract situation.

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Austin and QPR are rumoured to have been discussing an extension to his current deal – which expires in 2016 – but, as of yet, an agreement has not been reached.

Yet Redknapp has confirmed that plans are afoot to tie down the in-form striker:

“I’m sure the club would (like to sort his contract out). I don’t get involved in that. The chairman Tony Fernandes and Phil Beard do.” He is quoted by the London Evening Standard.

“I’m sure everyone wants to keep Charlie here and I’m sure they will be sitting down talking to him.

“It’s early in the season and will be judged at the end. He’s a player that needs to get 20 goals-a-season. He is capable of that, the way he’s playing. He’s a great lad and I’m sure he is very happy here.

“We have not had any enquiries from anybody else as far as I know. He’s only played a dozen games in the Premier League, there is still a long way to go.

“He knows that. He’s improving week by week. He is full of confidence and is happy here.”