Newcastle & Sunderland suffer setback in January transfer tussle

As reported in the Shields Gazzette, Charlie Austin has ruled out any potential move in January opting instead to stay with QPR until the summer at the very least.

With Newcastle and Sunderland both thought to be tracking the Loftus Road striker, this will come as a blow to Steve McClaren and Sam Allardyce, who are both facing a battle against relegation.

Austin, who scored a dramatic double last night, is on the road to recovery after suffering an injury earlier this season and has come back to full fitness under new Super Hoops manager, Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.

Austin’s brace might be a sign that he back at the level he was last season when he netted 18 goals in QPR’s relegation campaign and attracted interest from several Premier League clubs over the summer despite his employers’ valuation of £15m.

The QPR man looks to be staying in London for the time being and his next aim will be to push for another promotion with the R’s