Earlier today, there were media claims that QPR would be prepared to sell Charlie Austin for a cut-price £8m in January.

Now the player himself has been speaking on Talksport and has said that ‘If something comes up in January that is right for myself and my family, I’ll assess the situation with my agent’.

The striker also made the standard comments about happy to stay, play wherever the club want him to, try and help them get promoted…

However, the bottom line is that he hasn’t signed any new contract so his current club will get zero if he leaves at the end of the season.

Whilst on the subject of promotion it is all looking little unlikely despite Charlie Austin scoring 7 goals despite only starting 11 Championship matches.

QPR are 8 points off a play-off spot and 14 off automatic promotion, with only two wins in the last 11 games.

Just so long as Charlie Austin stays fit then he looks certain to be sold and with 84 goals from only 144 league starts in recent seasons, there will be any number of clubs looking for a ‘bargain’ who can score goals.

It remains to be seen whether Newcastle will be tempted after backing off in the summer when £15m minimum was quoted.

Charlie Austin speaking on Talksport:

“I have said before, I am loyal to QPR and I’m going to stay until the end of the season and aim to get promoted because that is what I started out to do.

“If something comes up in January that is right for myself and my family, then I’ll assess the situation with my agent.

“However, if not I’ll be happy to stay with QPR and play in any position where they ask me to play.”