Newcastle target Charlie Austin wants Premier League return

Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin is a wanted man
Queens Park Rangers' Charlie Austin is a wanted man

QPR striker Charlie Austin has further fuelled speculation over his future after admitting he wants to return to the Premier League.

The Newcastle United target, who scored 18 goals in the top flight last season despite QPR’s relegation to the Championship, has refused to confirm whether he would still be with the London side when the transfer window closes in a fortnight.

The 26-year-old - who scored in QPR’s draw with Cardiff City at the weekend - admitted his future is very much up in the air, amid interest from Steve McClaren’s Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Bournemouth.

“I don’t know [about my future] to be honest,” Austin told Sky Sports.

“Like I’ve said the whole way through, I’m here to play and I’ll leave that to my agent and the owners of the football club and whatever they decide will be.

“I’m focussed on the job in hand.

“Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be there, but I’ve got to work hard while I’m at QPR and try my best.”

Despite interest from several top flight sides, Leicester are so far the only club that have made a bid but their £12m offer was swiftly rejected.

QPR value Austin, signed from Burnley two years ago, at £15m.