QPR look set to lose Charlie Austin this summer

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Crystal Palace and Southampton are ready to swoop for the in from QPR striker Charlie Austin if the west London club is relegated straight back to the Championship this season.

Austin has been incredibly impressive so far this season scoring 15 goals in just 25 appearances as it looks like he is single handedly trying to keep QPR in the Premier League.

QPR have struggled since their return to the Premier League but Austin has been a revelation for them this season getting them out of some sticky situations. His form this season has even prompted a possible England call up in the next set of international fixtures.

Plan to keep him

QPR are obviously keen to keep the former Burnley striker and are willing to off him a new contract, with a rumoured £50,000 a week being tabled to keep the hit man.

Austin may be interested to stay with QPR but only if they remain in the top-flight of English football. Now Austin has proved himself in the Premier League he will be wanting to fulfil his career potential and carry on scoring in the Premier League, even if that is away from Loftus Road.

Director of football Les Ferdinand is one of the key men in trying to keep Austin at the club but it looks like it will be a difficult task: "We will be trying our best come the end of the season to make sure Charlie signs up and stays," he is quoted saying by the Daily Mail.

"What we do understand is that players are ambitious. Sometimes they want to look elsewhere.

"We will be doing our best to make sure we give him the opportunity to stay and play in the Premier League. The aim is to replenish the squad and we don't want to be losing our best players like Charlie."

Its a fantastic story for Charlie Austin who was also a bricklayer when he was playing for Poole Town but still banging them in on the weekend. Now he is playing in the Premier League and is being head hunted by strong clubs such as Crystal Palace and Southampton.

It will come as any surprise if many more Premier League clubs start sniffing around Charlie Austin as it looks highly unlikely that he will stay with the London club next season, even if they do stay in the Premier League. Where to go for Charlie?

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