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Clarets face battle to keep Austin
8:57am Friday 12th October 2012 in Sport
BURNLEY face a battle to keep Charlie Austin in January, with Premier League clubs tracking the 15-goal top scorer.
It is understood that, surprisingly, the Clarets have yet to open talks with the striker about a new deal, despite Aston Villa and Newcastle thought to be weighing up an offer in the next transfer window.
Austin has grabbed the headlines this season, and consequently the attention of top flight and top Championship teams, as a result of his impressive goal ratio.
Around 12 Premier League managers are believed to be tracking the 23-year-old, who has scored at least once in each of his last six games to maintain his position as the country's top scorer.
Former Swindon Town marksman Austin has just 18 months left to run on his current contract. He could leave on a Bosman free transfer in 2014 if that deal is not extended.
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