West London Sport understands Crystal Palace have ended their interest in signing Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin. Eagles boss Alan Pardew has confirmed that the in-demand forward is not on their January list of targets.
The 26-year-old former Swindon Town and Burnley striker said at the start of the season that he planned on remaining with the Loftus Road club for the remainder of the campaign. Nevertheless, that still hasn’t stopped his name being linked with countless Premier League clubs.
Recent interviews with Austin have given mixed messages over time. Some indicating he’d be open to a move in January and others which suggest he’d be happy to remain at the club for now. His contract does expire at the end of the season, and it is highly unlikely that he will sign an extension. It could all depend on QPR conjuring together a late run for the play-offs and winning promotion to give them a slight chance of keeping him. One manager who won’t sign him however is Alan Pardew,
“Charlie Austin is of no interest to us.
I’ve seen the names that have been linked with us and not one of them is true.”
Speculation will continue surrounding Austin’s future, although Crystal Palace can certainly be ticked off the list. The likes of Leicester City, Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth are amongst the many clubs that have been linked with a move. The next few weeks will certainly be interesting viewing when it comes to Charlie Austin and the January transfer window. The striker is still out of action because of injury and didn’t play over the Christmas period for the R’s.