The race for the signature of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has hotted up, with Southampton reportedly making a £10m play for the England international.
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Chelsea, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United are also all believed to be interested in Austin, however Daily Express reports the Saints have tabled a concrete £10m offer to QPR.
Austin scored 18 goals for QPR despite the club’s disappointing relegation last term, and the newspaper reports that the London club will attempt to hold out for a £15m offer.
Newcastle are expected to put forward an offer in the next 24 hours, but Southampton are believed to be in pole position to sign the 25-year-old.
Chelsea are no doubt the biggest club targeting Austin, however he would likely play second fiddle to both Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao.
With England cruising to EURO 2016 qualification, Austin will need as much first-team football as possible to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s squad for the tournament to be held in France.