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Redknapp says Charlie Austin entitled to a new deal


Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

QPR boss Harry Redknapp expects in-form striker Charlie Austin to be offered a new contract but denies Rangers are fighting off interest from other clubs.

Austin (below) is the joint highest English goalscorer in the Premier League this season having scored seven goals, including the winner in a 3-2 victory over Leicester on Saturday.

The 25-year-old moved to Loftus Road in August 2013 and has only 18 months to run on his current deal.

"I'm sure the club would (like to extend his contract)," Redknapp said.

"I don't get involved in that, it's up to the chairman and (chief executive) Phil Beard.

"I'm sure everyone wants to keep Charlie here and I'm sure they'll be sitting down and talking to him."

Austin's scintillating form, which has seen him score five goals in his last five matches, has reportedly alerted the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool.

Redknapp, however, insists Rangers have not fielded any enquiries for their star man and insists Austin still has to prove himself in the top flight.

"We've not had any enquiries from anyone else as far as I know," Redknapp said.

"He's come into the Premier League and only played a dozen games."

QPR visit seventh-placed Swansea tonight, looking to climb out of the bottom three for the first time since September. "We'll have to go there and work very hard to stay with them," Redknapp said. "They play some great football."