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Austin leaves Clarets

1 August 2013

Burnley have confirmed striker Charlie Austin has signed for QPR for an undisclosed fee, handing boss Sean Dyche a massive blow on the eve of the new season.

Austin's future has been the source of much speculation this summer and a move to Premier League newcomers Hull looked to be in the offing.

That deal fell through at the last minute due to a failed medical but Austin, who had also been linked with Nottingham Forest, has now signed a three-year deal with Harry Redknapp's Rangers.

It means Burnley lose a player who scored 28 goals in all competitions for them last season just two days before they kick off the new campaign against Bolton.

The Clarets' chief executive Lee Hoos said: "We worked very hard to keep Charlie at Burnley and we are sorry to see him go.

"However, we were unable to compete with the package on offer from Queens Park Rangers, a club in receipt of the largest parachute payments in history and able to offer what are effectively Premier League wages in the Championship.

"Charlie has been the subject of a lot of attention from a lot of clubs, but has handled himself in an extremely professional manner in his dealings with us, in what has been a difficult time for both him and the club.

"While we are very disappointed and sorry to see him go, this will create an opportunity for another player. Our priority now is to focus on making a strong start to the season."

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