Charlie Austin has dropped a fresh hint about his future as Newcastle United draw up their January transfer plans.
The Queens Park Rangers striker was a target for the club in the summer.
But Newcastle were unwilling to meet QPR’s £15million valuation.
United head coach Steve McClaren said in September that Austin – who is out of contract next summer – was still on the club’s “radar”.
Austin only reaffirmed his commitment to QPR when the summer transfer window closed.
The 26-year-old has talked of being “loyal” to the Championship club, but he has left the door open for a January move.
If something comes up in January that’s right for myself and my family then I’ll assess the situation with my agent.Charlie Austin
“I’ve said before, I’m loyal to QPR and I’m going to stay until the end of the season and aim to get to promoted, because that’s what I started out to do,” said Austin, who scored 18 Premier League goals last season.
“If something comes up in January that’s right for myself and my family, then I’ll assess the situation with my agent.
“However, if not, I will be happy to stay with QPR and play in any position they ask me to play.”
Given Austin’s contractual situation, QPR could be willing to sell him f or a cut-price fee in the New Year.
McClaren, meanwhile, has been reluctant to talk about Newcastle’s January plans. Asked about speculation linking the club with Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend last week, he said: “How far is January away?
“It seems years away. We have got a few more games before January and we will discuss January when it comes.”