Window closes with Austin and Phillips still at QPR

QPR: Charlie Austin and Matt Phillips
Charlie Austin and Matty Phillips remain QPR players after the transfer window closed without any late bids being made for them.

Striker Austin had been widely tipped to leave Loftus Road this summer, with several clubs reported to be pursuing a deal to sign him.

However, only Leicester, who had an offer rejected, and Crystal Palace, who were put off by the £15m asking price, made approaches.

In any case, Austin indicated that he would not be keen on a move to either club.

He is in the final year of his contract and will potentially be able to move on a free transfer at the end of the season – an outcome QPR will try to avoid by making another offer of a new contract.

Rangers rejected a bid from West Brom for Phillips in July and insisted they wanted £10m for winger.

They were keen to offload some players before the deadline but were unable to agree loan deals for Sandro and Leroy Fer after discussions with AC Milan and PSV Eindhoven respectively.

And there were no takers for Junior Hoilett or Armand Traore, who were made available on free transfers.

Meanwhile, Italian defender Gabriele Angella completed his move from Watford, joining the R’s on loan until the end of the season.