Derby rivals Sunderland Newcastle United will have to switch their transfer attentions elsewhere after striker Charlie Austin revealed he won’t be joining them in January.
The Magpies tried to sign the QPR frontman over the summer, with Steve McClaren a big admirer of the 26-year-old.
I can’t see myself leaving in January, because I’m concentrating on playing for QPRCharlie Austin
And new manager Sam Allardyce has been linked with a new year move for Austin as he looks to bolster his side’s firepower in their fight against relegation.
Newcastle had sought the former Swindon and Burnley forward right up until the last week of the transfer window, but they called off the chase after QPR demanded £15million for Austin, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
United were looking to return for Austin when the transfer window reopens as they look to add extra firepower to their attack, but the striker has revealed he will wait until next summer to move to another club, when he is a free agent.
“I can’t see myself leaving in January, because I’m concentrating on playing for QPR,” Austin said.
“I think I owe it them and my loyalty is with them, to help them and get promoted.”
Newcastle are looking to offload Papiss Cisse in January, with the Senegal international falling behind Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez in the pecking order at St James’s Park.
Austin was viewed as a potential replacement, even though there had been concerns over his fitness and whether he would be prepared to move to the North East.
However, the England international insists he would be happy to move to Tyneside or Wearside – or anywhere else in the country – if it was good for his career.
He added: “Football is a small career and you have to make the right decisions, the right moves, and if it’s right for myself, and my family and the people I bounce the ideas off then I will take on anything.”
Allardyce will now look elsewhere for a new striker once the window reopens.
Steven Fletcher and Danny Graham are both out of contract at the end of the season, while Jermain Defoe’s future remains in doubt after he was linked with a move to Bournemouth.