Mark Warburton’s reported Queens Park Rangers transfer target Charlie Austin has dropped a huge hint about a potential move to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
In a recent interview with the QPR website, the 31-year-old centre-forward revealed that there are talks ongoing about a move from West Bromwich Albion to the Hoops this summer.
He said: “At the moment, the talks are ongoing. There are talks. It’s not like there’s nothing – there are talks going on with the football club. As much as it’s in my hands, it’s in the football club’s hands as well. That’s all I can really say.
“Everybody knows how I and my family feel about the football club. But it’s what direction myself and the club want to go in. Hopefully we can meet and who knows what will happen.”
Having fallen down the pecking order at West Bromwich Albion in the season just past – making a mere five appearances in the Premier League for the Baggies, none of which came as starts – Austin showed what he is truly capable of upon linking up with Mark Warburton’s side in the January transfer window.
Over his 21 Championship fixtures with QPR, the £1.8m-rated man scored eight goals, provided one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.3 shots and making 0.5 key passes per game, culminating in an impressive average SofaScore match rating of 6.94 – ranking him as the club’s eighth-best performer in the second tier.
It is no coincidence that the arrival of the former Southampton man coincided with a dramatic upturn in form at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, with Warburton’s side ranking third in the Championship table since the turn of the year.
As such, the news that there are talks underway between the hitman – whom Claude Puel dubbed an “important” player – and QPR regarding a permanent move this summer would appear to bode extremely well for the club’s potential promotion push next season, something that is likely to leave fans of the Rs buzzing.