Newcastle and Aston Villa target Austin keen to stay at Burnley

The striker has grabbed 20 goals during a superb start to the season but, despite speculation linking him with a host of Premier League sides, is keen to remain at Turf Moor

Burnley striker Charlie Austin is keen to remain at the Championship club despite continued speculation linking him with a move to a host of Premier League sides.

The ex-Swindon Town forward has helped to fill the void left by Jay Rodriguez's summer departure to Southampton and is currently the English second tier's top scorer with 16 goals.

This form has attracted the attention of a number of top-flight sides, with Newcastle, Aston Villa and Reading all reported to be monitoring his performances with a view to a January move.

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However, Austin stressed his desire to remain at the club under recently appointed Clarets boss Sean Dyche and thanked the efforts of this team-mates so far this season.

"I'm here to play for Burnley football club," he told talkSPORT. "I'm enjoying my football at the moment and I long to stay here.

"Everything's going really well for me personally but, like I've said many times before in other interviews, without my team I wouldn't be able to get in these positions to score the goals."