Queens Park Rangers star Charlie Austin will be in ‘no rush’ to leave the club this January, according to ex-boss Neil Warnock.
The ex Rangers boss believes that the club would sell him now, despite him only having six months left on his contract.
However, he also believes that the 26 year old striker may not want to leave the club this window. The striker has scored 10 goals in 16 appearances this season, for a struggling side.
Warnock said “they probably should have sold him in the summer. I think they would sell him now. I don’t think Charlie is in a rush to go anywhere as he becomes a free agent in the summer.”
Rangers placed a £15m valuation on Austin last summer, after they were relegated from the top flight.
This put off potential Premier League suitors and despite a whole host of interest, Austin remained a QPR player at the end of the window.
Austin scored 18 goals in the top flight despite QPR’s relegation and averages over a goal every two games, since he became professional in 2009.
He became professional after playing at semi-pro level for Poole Town, by signing for Swindon in October 2009.
Warnock spent a month in interim charge of QPR this season, before Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was appointed as manager and believes that Austin would score at any level given the opportunity.
He told BBC Radio Wales Sport “if he doesn’t think it is the right move, I think he’ll stay put until the summer when a lot of clubs will want him in the squad.”
“He won’t rush into anything.”
Austin hasn’t played for Rangers since mid-December because of injury. They are currently 16th in the Sky Bet Championship and are yet to win a game since Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink took over.