Report: Chelsea enter race to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin

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The Blues are keen to bolster their striking options this summer and are keen to sign QPR’s relegated star, Charlie Austin.

Charlie Austin scored 18 goals in the Premier League last season despite the fact Queens Park Rangers were ultimately relegated with a game to spare.

He led the line superbly and if it were not for his volume of goals, Rangers would have been condemned to their fate much sooner than they were.

In total, he was involved in 55% of their total goals, meaning they were heavily reliant on not just his finishing ability, but his hold-up play and movement up front too. Austin is guaranteed to move this summer, with a queue of clubs lining up to take him on.

The 25-year-old striker has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea as they look to add to their current options in that region, according to the Telegraph.

Newcastle, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Tottenham are also said to be keen on signing Austin but if the champions were to come calling, it would be very difficult to turn them down.

To make any potential deal even more appealing, the location means that he would not have to move away from London.

The Blues are looking to bolster their attack following the departure of club legend Didier Drogba, with Jose Mourinho unlikely to be content with going into a new season with just Diego Costa and Loic Remy as his striking options.

Radamel Falcao had emerged as a major target, per the Telegraph, after Manchester United decided not to sign him permanently but he is likely to want regular starts, and with Costa around that may not be a possibility.

With Austin available and Chelsea in need of home-grown players to abide by the rules, any deal for the prolific QPR forward would not be a surprise.

Many Blues fans would prefer Austin to Falcao as the Englishman is in better form and just about to hit his prime. Whether Mourinho presses ahead by making an official bid remains to be seen, but it appears the interest is real.

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