Blow for Sunderland as Charlie Austin reveals he intends to stay at QPR

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Sunderland target Charlie Austin has confirmed he intends to see the season out at Championship side QPR.

Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce is tracking possible January additions up front, with Austin one of those under consideration.

But the striker - who scored a second-half double to rescue a draw for QPR against Brighton last night - has confirmed he is "going nowhere".

It is a bow to Allardyce, who is also tracking French striker Sebastien Haller.

"I set out at the start [of the season] and I said to Les [Ferdinand] that I'm going to be here for the rest of the season," said Austin.

"So I'm not going anywhere."

New QPR manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, meanwhile, has reiterated his desire to keep Austin at the club following the draw against Albion, but said the final decision will rest with the club's owners.

"I think in football you can't guarantee anything," Hasselbaink told Sky Sports.

"Everyone wants to make profit and at the end of the day it's a business.

"We have to understand that, as a manager and as a club.

"Do we want to put him up for sale? No. The club does not want to sell him. But, on the other hand, it's up to the owners.

"I can only advise. I can only say, 'No, I don't want him to leave, I need him'. I think they will respect that."

Austin played his first full 90 minutes in the league since early November. He had been out with a niggling calf injury.

Austin added: "I felt alright, the international break probably hindered me a little bit and then Middlesbrough i missed out, I felt fit and fresh coming in and now it's all about getting minutes under my belt."