Chris Ramsey responds to Charlie Austin speculation

Austin is reportedly being targeted by Newcastle United, Southampton, West Ham, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Chelsea, Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion.

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey has told talkSPORT that Charlie Austin is keen on returning to pre-season training amid speculation over his future.

The QPR striker has been linked with a number of clubs in the Premier League, having had a truly brilliant campaign on a personal level last season.

Ramsey has admitted that there is interest in the English forward, but he has insisted that the player himself wants to be back training and prepare for the 2015-16 campaign.

“At the moment he remains a player at Queens Park Rangers," Ramsey told talkSPORT.

"Obviously there are going to be bids, people are going to try it on as reasonable as their finances allow but at the moment he’ll be in training with us this week and we’ll play it by ear.”

When asked whether Austin would want to talk about his future at Loftus Road, Ramsey said: “Yes, I can imagine it’ll be a mutual thing, to be honest, at the moment he’s just keen to get back and playing.”

Interested clubs

Austin has been linked with a number of clubs in England this summer following Rangers’ relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2014-15 season.

According to The Sun, the English forward is Newcastle United’s top target, while The Mirror claims that Southampton, West Ham United and Aston Villa are interested in him.

The Telegraph has reported of Premier League champions Chelsea’s interest in the 25-year-old, while last month The Northern Echo claimed that Liverpool made contact with former Swindon Town forward’s representatives.

The Birmingham Mail recently claimed that that West Bromwich Albion are interested in Austin, while earlier this week Sky Sports reported that Leicester City’s £12 million bid for him has been rejected.

Good signing

Austin was one of the best strikers in the Premier League last season, and there is little surprise that so many clubs are (allegedly) interested in him.

The Englishman was arguably the best player for QPR in the 2014-15 campaign and did everything he could to prevent them from getting relegated to the Championship.

The 25-year-old scored 18 goals and created 23 chances in 35 Premier League appearances.

Austin had a pass accuracy of 66% and a shot accuracy of 67%, and won 86 headers, 15 dribbles and 16 tackles.

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