Harry Redknapp is confident that he can hold onto Queens Park Rangers' talismanic forward Charlie Austin throughout the January transfer window despite extreme interest from a cluster of clubs.
With Hull City in such torrid circumstances in terms of their form of late, Steve Bruce will be kicking himself that he missed the opportunity to sign the 25-year-old after he failed a medical in the summer of 2013.
But QPR, in the same transfer window, took the risk on Austin's fitness and won the prize; a red hot striker who cannot stop scoring goals.
With 11 goals in his 15 Premier League appearances for Rangers this season, Redknapp believes that Austin can be the formula to help the London based club maintain their Premier League status at the end of the season.
However, his season didn't get off to the smoothest of starts when he missed a crucial penalty in the last 10 minutes against Hull, costing QPR an opening day defeat at home.
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But since then, Loftus Road has become something of a fortress primarily down to Austin's decisive bundle of goals. In fact, the Hoops have only failed to take all three points from home ties on one other occasion this campaign; a dramatic late winner snatching the credentials for Liverpool back in October.
His hat-trick against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday sculpted an unpredictably impressive comeback from 2-0 down inside 20 minutes to come out with a 3-2 triumph, shooting Rangers up to 16th.
So with Austin in such damaging form as well as the approaching winter transfer window, it is time for Redknapp to wrap his arms tightly around the forward so as to see the period through without losing his star man.
After the nail biting game against West Brom, Redknapp confirmed that not even the most astronomical of bids could take Austin off his hands.
"If we sold Charlie Austin we might as well go home," Redknapp said.
"We need Charlie to keep doing what he's doing and he can't afford to take his foot off the gas."
With the former Burnley striker in such electric form, it is something that cannot be ignored by England boss Roy Hodgson who is closely observing possible replacements for Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert, whilst Andy Carroll and Harry Kane also pile the pressure on a call-up.
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