Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin believes that he has done enough to stay in the Premier League amid interest from Tottenham, Newcastle United, and Liverpool, reports the Daily Star.
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The forward scored a brilliant 18 goals last season, which was just under 43% of the Rs entire haul. The West London side were relegated after struggling so badly for goals outside of their main striker, and may now have to do without him in the Championship.
After winning a call up to the England squad through his efforts, the 25-year-old seems to stay in the division which gave him the opportunity to do so.
He said: “I feel like I’ve worked hard enough this season for QPR to try to be a Premier League player. I’ve come out a couple of times and said, ‘I don’t set myself targets’.
“But going into the Premier League for my first season, I said that eight to 12 goals games would have been perfect for me. Luckily enough I exceeded that and got 18. And missed two penalties.”
There is no shortage of suitors for the former bricklayer, with three of the top flight’s biggest sides in the mix. Spurs are likely on the lookout for a player to replace the misfiring Roberto Soldado and play alongside Harry Kane. Meanwhile Liverpool need a goalscorer after struggling badly with injuries to Daniel Sturridge as well as the poor form of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert, and Fabio Borini last time out.
The Magpies are also meant to be keen on signing Austin, but with a new manager expected to be named any day now, that could change if the new man decides against it.