QPR back in for Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin battles for the ball.
Charlie Austin battles for the ball.

QPR have made an improved offer to land Clarets striker Charlie Austin.

Reports suggested the offer ranged from £2.25-4m, while sources close to the player suggested that he is just focused on starting for the Clarets against Bolton on Saturday.

The situation is far from cut and dried, with “nothing imminent” according to West London sources.

So, a summer of speculation over the 24-year-old continues into the season.

Burnley, having signed him in January 2011 for £1.2m, owe Swindon Town 15% of any profit, so QPR’s offer would, on the face of it, be unsatisfactory for the forward, who netted 28 goals last season.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche said earlier this week: “We’re just happy that he’s here in a Burnley shirt and long may that continue for me as manager.

“The board will have a viewpoint on that if and when it’s appropriate to but at the minute he’s a Burnley player, he’s playing with a smile on his face. He can stay as long as he wants. He can get a 10-year contract for me!”