Report: Aston Villa ‘unlikely to pursue’ interest in QPR striker Charlie Austin

Aston Villa look to have targeted other strikers ahead of QPR forward Charlie Austin.

As per the Daily Mail, Villa are not set to continue their interest in Charlie Austin, instead looking elsewhere for reinforcements this summer.

The forward, who netted 18 goals in 35 Premier League games for relegated QPR, is one of the most in-demand transfer targets in this transfer window. At 25-years-old he still has plenty of years left to develop, and he proved himself at the top level of the game having made the step up from the Championship.

It was the Mail who originally ran the story confirming Villa’s interest in signing Austin, who is out of contract at the end of next season. Following the R’s relegation, it is expected that he will leave Loftus Road, especially so as to guarantee a transfer fee for him, with his contract running out.

Austin was touted as a replacement for Christian Benteke, who looks as if he will be leaving Villa Park this summer. The Belgian forward has long been linked with a move to a top four club with European football to compete in, and Austin - who looks set to win his first England caps this summer - would have been a strong replacement.

However, the new report claims that Tim Sherwood has dropped interest in the forward, leaving Southampton and Newcastle to fight it out for his signature.

Villa are said to retain an interest in signing Emmanuel Adebayor from Tottenham Hotspur, and may prepare to make a move for him in the coming weeks.

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