Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is determined that he is going to be able to keep striker Charlie Austin at the club, beyond the January transfer window, reports ESPN.
Speculation surrounding the striker’s future has been ongoing since the club suffered relegation from the Premier League last season.
The striker has been linked with both Newcastle United and Sunderland over recent weeks, as both clubs are looking to sign someone to fire them to safety in their disastrous Premier League campaigns to date.
But speaking about his intentions to keep Austin at the club, Hasselbaink said: “You don’t pinch. He’s not going to be pinched
“I’m looking forward to working with Charlie, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone else as well. “Charlie Austin is a very important individual at this club,
“But it’s a team game. I want to have a team. I don’t want individuals. You need a team and eventually teams win you titles. Individuals win just the game.”
If Austin does depart the London outfit in January, Hasselbaink will need to find a replacement for the former Swindon Town striker has soon as possible, as he is pivotal to the Hoops’ chances of promotion to the Premier League.
QPR find themselves in 12th position in the Championship, and have set Hasselbaink the task of the club achieving a spot in the play-offs come the end of the season.
The R’s face a tough fixture with Sean Dyche’s Burnley at Loftus Road on Saturday, with QPR undoubtedly eager to record consecutive wins in the Sky Bet Championship.
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