Report: Everton have no interest in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin

Everton were said to be leading the race to sign Queens Park Rangers frontman Charlie Austin.

The Liverpool Echo claim Everton have no interest in signing Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

Reports in the Daily Mail had suggested that Roberto Martinez was lining up a summer swoop for Austin, but the Toffees have their sights set on other targets according to the Echo.

This will be good news for QPR, but the London side still face a massive struggle to retain the services of Austin in the months ahead.

The 25-year-old striker has been a rare ray of light for the R’s in an otherwise disappointing 2014/15 campaign, and their failure to stay in the Premier League means that a number of clubs are now sniffing around their prized assets.

Everton clearly feel that there are better options on the market, though, and Martinez will be looking elsewhere as he endeavours to bolster his squad.

The Merseyside outfit do need a frontman to compete with Romelu Lukaku, who currently carries most of their goalscoring responsibility at Goodison Park, and the purchase of a striker is likely to be a priority in the upcoming transfer window.

Everton's lack of squad depth has been exposed this season and Martinez will be looking to add numbers to his team this summer.

It does, however, look as though Austin will not be among those joining his ranks, with the scramble for his signature set to intensify between a number of the Toffees’ top-flight rivals.

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