Report: Aston Villa, West Ham eye summer bids for Charlie Austin

Aston Villa and West Ham are reportedly interested in signing QPR striker Charlie Austin.

According to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa and West Ham United are targeting QPR striker Charlie Austin during this summer's transfer window.

Austin, 25, started his career with Reading before dropping down to non-league football in 2006, and enjoyed productive spells with Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town and Poole Town before his big move to Swindon Town in 2009.

After also impressing with Burnley, Austin is now starring in the Premier League, hitting 15 goals despite QPR's struggles in the relegation zone.

Many have touted Austin for a call-up to the England squad, but Roy Hodgson hasn't selected him for the upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy.

Regardless of whether QPR manage to stay in the Premier League or not, the big topic of conversation surrounding Chris Ramsey's men this summer will be Austin's future.

The centre forward is out of contract in 2016, and is currently stalling on the offer of a new deal to stay in West London - and the Daily Mail believe that there are three Premier League clubs attempting to sign him at the end of the season.

They suggest that Aston Villa, Everton and West Ham all have Austin high on their summer shopping lists as all attempt to improve their attacking options.

Villa have struggled for goals this season and Tim Sherwood will be keen to take some of the goalscoring pressure off Christian Benteke, whilst Everton could also look to relieve some of the weight from Romelu Lukaku's shoulders in attack.

Yet West Ham could be the best destination for Austin, with the Hammers certainly needing another striker to help the likes of Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

Austin will be in demand this summer - especially if QPR are relegated back to the Championship - and other Premier League clubs will surely be pursuing him.

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