Report: Bournemouth to make £14m bid for Newcastle target Charlie Austin

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

Bournemouth are interested in signing Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers this summer, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that the newly-promoted Premier League outfit are willing to pay as much as £14 million for the services of the forward.

Interested clubs

Bournemouth are the latest club to join the race to sign Austin, who had a superb campaign on a personal level in the Premier League last season.

The 25-year-old scored 18 goals and created 23 chances in 35 league matches for QPR.

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

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 last week Sky Sports reported that Leicester City’s £12 million bid for him has been rejected.

Should Charlie Austin join Bournemouth?

Bournemouth are expected to struggle for survival in the Premier League next season, and they could certainly do with someone of Austin's quality.

However, the player himself would be better off at a different club, one with bigger ambitions.

Austin showed last season that he can be a success in the Premier League, and it would make sense for him to join a team where he can further develop his career and repeat his heroics of the 2014-15 campaign.

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