Tigers fail in Austin bid
Robins hope to keep prolific striker in January transfer window
Last Updated: December 22, 2010 9:39am
Austin: Hull target
Swindon Town have rejected an offer from Hull City for Charlie Austin and insist the striker is not for sale.
Austin has scored 34 goals in 58 appearances since joining Swindon from the non-league ranks last season and has a clutch of clubs tracking his progress.
Hull have made the first move to try to capture the 21-year-old ahead of the January transfer window opening and lodged an undisclosed offer.
However, the Robins have swiftly rejected the bid and chairman Andrew Fitton is determined to hang on to the prolific Austin.
Fitton told the Swindon Advertiser: "Hull City made an offer for Charlie Austin 48 hours ago and it was immediately rejected.
"Charlie Austin is not for sale. We are close to Charlie and his agent and we discuss the best for his future, and I am sure he's in complete agreement."
Scottish giants Celtic were recently linked with a move for Austin, but the forward is trying to focus on his football as he discusses a new deal at the County Ground.
Austin said: "When you hear about Celtic you think 'they're Champions League, come on'. It's nice having clubs after you but you try and concentrate and not let that get in your head.
"You have to concentrate on your football and keep on helping the team.
"Talks are still going between me, my agent and the club.
"I'm just concentrating on my football and if people want to say stuff about me footballing-wise, whatever, I've got no worries."