Charlie Austin has revealed that talks are ongoing with regards to a summer move to Queens Park Rangers.
The striker is gearing up for a busy summer with his contract at West Bromwich Albion due to expire at the end of next month.
With first team opportunities limited at the Hawthorns, the 31-year-old was allowed to leave the club on loan during the January transfer window and completed a nostalgic return to QPR – a club where he established himself as a real fans’ favourite during his first spell at the club.
In that time Austin has made a real impact both on and off the pitch, scoring seven goals in 21 matches and proving himself as a real leader in Mark Warburton’s squad.
Given his influence at the club it’s clear that supporters would like to see the player return to the club on a permanent basis, and according to Austin, that’s something that is a genuine possibility.
Speaking to QPR’s club website, Austin said: “At the moment the talks are ongoing. There are talks. It’s not like there’s nothing – there is 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.”
He added: “These last five months the football club have gave me the love and the fire back to enjoy football again,” he said.
“I just wish the fans were here and that would have been superb because what we’ve managed to do in the second half of the season wouldn’t be the same without having everyone here.
“As much as it’s been good, I think that’s the final piece that we’ve missed.”
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There are few modern day footballers who are more popular at Loftus Road than Charlie Austin.
Supporters were devastated when he left the club during his last spell and so the opportunity to bring him back to W12 will no doubt be hugely appealing.
As well as being a nostalgic deal, there’s no doubt that QPR would really reap the benefits of this deal.
Austin is more than capable of being a top signing at Championship level and so if Mark Warburton’s side can beat the competition to his signature then this could be a massive deal for the club.