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Finalising Austin deal could be new Burnley manager's first task
FINALISING a new deal for Charlie Austin could be the next manager of Burnley’s first task.
The 23-year-old has blazed a goal trail this season, scoring 15 so far with 11 of them coming in his last six games.
Austin’s blistering form has roused the attention of at least 12 Premier League clubs, with Aston Villa and Newcastle United thought to be weighing up a January offer.
Austin has 18 months left to run on his current contract.
In his current form it was expected that the club would have already begun talks over an extended deal, or at least broached the subject, but surprisingly it is understood that is not the case.
Austin could command a figure of around £4m if he is sold in January, but with Burnley looking to regroup following the departure of Eddie Howe, Austin’s presence will prove vital to their cause.
Top flight teams looking to avoid the drop or Championship sides pushing for promotion would be most likely to be in the hunt. Other suitors may wait until the summer.
If Austin’s contract was allowed to run its course, he could leave on a free transfer in the summer of 2014.
Clarets co-chairman John Banaszkiewicz said the club were keen to keep hold of their prized asset, but I understand there is no rush to secure Austin’s longer term future.
“Charlie’s come a long way, he’s a big asset for us and he has helped us secure some vital points this season,” he said.
“He is on a long-term contract, expiring in 18 months, and he has really blossomed.
“We’ve had no approaches from any clubs. We would very much like to keep him at Burnley. He seems to be very focused on scoring goals for us.”
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