Queens Park Rangers are prepared to sell Charlie Austin in January according to reports today.
The West London club now sit 14 points away from the automatic promotion places and 8 points below the play-offs.
The recent sacking of their manager indicates they are going to have one final push at getting their promotion bid back on track but if nothing changes they will then need to re-evaluate what their future plans are, especially with regard to finances.
Only two wins in their last 11 Championship games tells you what an uphill struggle Rangers face.
If by January the position hasn’t drastically improved then The Mirror say that QPR would be prepared to sell Charlie Austin for £8m, around half what they were looking for in the summer.
Faced with a much restricted income for at least another season, QPR would need to restructure their finances and plan for another promotion bid in 2016/17.
Keeping Charlie Austin and losing him for nothing next summer would mean a likely difference of some £10m in transfer fee and wages compared to selling him in January.
Only 11 starts but 7 Championship goals this season, Charlie Austin continues to score this season.
With 144 starts in both Championship and Premier League in the last four and a bit seasons, Charlie Austin has scored an impressive 84 goals.
The player also will be looking at how somebody like Jamie Vardy has prospered in a decent Premier League team and if he holds out any hope of making next summer’s Euros with England, Charlie Austin will have to look for a club in January to give him a similar platform.