Austin not for sale, insists QPR boss Redknapp

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has insisted that top scorer Charlie Austin will not be prized away from the club during the January transfer window, BBC Sport has reported.

The striker scored his first Premier League hat-trick on Saturday to turn a two-goal deficit into a memorable victory at home to fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion, to take his tally to 11 goals for the campaign, adding to the 20 he scored in helping the club to promotion from the Championship in 2013-14.

His form has led some to argue that he should be under consideration for a place in the next England national team squad, while the 25-year-old has also earned praise for the work-rate which has accompanied his goals.

And with the transfer window set to open at the beginning of January, Austin could be the target of other clubs, but Redknapp is adamant that he is going nowhere. He said: “If we sold Charlie Austin we might as well go home. We need Charlie to keep doing what he’s doing and he can’t afford to take his foot off the gas. His target would be around 20 goals now.

“He’s a goalscorer. He wants to score. Goalscorers find a yard of space. It’s a knack – he’s in the right place at the right time. If you score 20 goals in the Championship this year you’ll score in the Premier League. It’s not rocket science, it’s that knack that people have got – they’ve been scoring goals since they were kids.”

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