It now seems that Liverpool are pressing ahead with their intentions of signing the former Burnley star and are serious about adding the high-rated attacker to their squad for next season.
“Senior Liverpool officials have made contact with Austin’s representatives to raise the possibility of a deal that would see the QPR striker join the recently-signed Danny Ings at Anfield next season,” states the report in The Northern Echo.
This will come as a blow to Newcastle United, who are keen on signing Austin in the summer transfer window.
According to a report in The Northern Echo last week, the Magpies want to finalise the deal to bring the 25-year-old from QPR this week.
Newcastle were already facing competition for the signature of the former Swindon Town star, who was arguably the best player for Rangers in the recently concluded 2014-15 season.