Southampton, Aston Villa and Newcastle target Charlie Austin to hold talks with QPR

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Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is reportedly being targeted by Premier League trio Newcastle United, Southampton and Aston Villa.

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has told The Guardian that he will hold talks with the club’s head coach Chris Ramsey and director of football Les Ferdinand in the coming weeks.

Austin is currently on international duty with England, and he hopes to resolve his future later this month.

“I just want to concentrate on the next two weeks, enjoy the moment and what will be will be,” the 25-year-old told The Guardian. “Who knows what the future will hold for me?

“I feel like I’ve worked hard enough this season for QPR to try to be a Premier League player but, at the moment, I’ve still got a year left at QPR.

“So the future’s up to the club and my agent to sort out. I’ll sit down with my family and my agent. I’ll speak to Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand and tell them my thoughts, and they’ll tell me theirs.

“After these two weeks, I’ll sit down with the club but, for now, I just want to be fully focused on these next two weeks with England.”

Austin was arguably the best player for QPR in the recently concluded 2014-15 season, scoring 18 goals and creating 23 chances in 35 Premier League appearances.

The 25-year-old had a pass accuracy of 66% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and won 86 headers, 15 dribbles and 16 tackles.

With QPR getting relegated from the Premier League, it will be tough for the London outfit to hold onto Austin, who is reportedly being targeted by as many as three clubs in the English top flight.

According to The Guardian, Southampton are ready to pay as much as £10 million for the former Burnley star.

The Daily Star recently reported of Aston Villa’s interest in Austin, while The Shields Gazette claimed last month that Newcastle United want to sign the Englishman in the summer transfer window.

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