Austin staying at Burnley

Burnley have issued a hands-off warning to any clubs planning a

January move for star striker Charlie Austin.

Former Swindon forward Austin is the country’s leading scorer

and has re-written the Clarets’ record books with a march to 22

goals already this term, sparking reported interest from a host of

Barclays Premier League clubs.

But co-chairman Mike Garlick insists the club have no plans to

sell their prized asset, while chief executive Lee Hoos pointed to

their refusal to sanction a winter move for Jay Rodriguez 12 months

ago before Austin’s former strike partner made his summer switch to

Southampton.

“We have no plans to sell Charlie at the minute,” said Garlick

when addressing Burnley’s AGM on Monday night. “We see him as an

integral part of our squad.

“Last season he had time out with injury, in the first season we

bought him he was injured – we want him to play for us this

season.”

Hoos added: “We were in the same situation last year with Jay.

We said ‘no’.

“We have no plans to sell Charlie, we will not encourage offers

on Charlie. We want to let him enjoy his football and continue to

score the goals and see where that takes us to the end of the

season.”