Newcastle ahead of Liverpool in betting to land relegated striker

Bookmakers have Magpies as favourites to land Queens Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin this summer, with Liverpool and Everton also in the running.

Newcastle United could beat the likes of Everton and Liverpool to the signing of QPR striker Charlie Austin this summer, if the latest bookmaker odds are to be believed.

Data collated by Oddschecker shows that the Magpies are the favourites to land the Rs forward this summer, with an Austin move to St James’ Park available at as short a price as 5/4.

The Magpies' biggest competition could come from Merseyside though, with Liverpool only 5/1 with some betting firms to land the 25-year-old.

Everton are also in the mix to recruit Austin, with the Toffees anywhere from 6/1 to 8/1 to sign up the Rangers favourite, who has scored 17 goals in the Premier League for the recently relegated side.

Southampton could also be in with a chance of signing Austin, with the Saints 8/1 to recruit the forward, though they could yet face south coast competition for the striker with Bournemouth also potentially in the running to recruit Austin.

The newly-promoted Cherries are as short as 6/1 with some bookmakers to bring the English striker to Dean Court.

It comes amid speculation in the Mirror over the weekend that the Championship winners are weighing up a move for former Manchester United forward Dimitar Berbatov.

The Bulgarian currently plays for AS Monaco in Ligue 1 but could be on the move again should Radamel Falcao return to the club following his unsuccessful loan spell at Old Trafford.

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