Report: Crystal Palace re-enter race for prolific Newcastle linked striker Charlie Austin

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Crystal Palace are claimed to have renewed interest in QPR's Charlie Austin, also linked to West Ham, Chelsea, Newcastle and Leicester.

Crystal Palace have renewed their focus on signing QPR's Charlie Austin, report The Sun.

Palace are keen to wrap up a deal to sign PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye, and are keen for Austin to be the main striker to benefit from the midfielder's creativity.

The 26-year-old is the Premier League's most in demand forward, with The London Evening Standard reporting this week that Austin is due for talks on his future with QPR upon his return from holiday, with Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, and Leicester City all showing an interest.

Newcastle United have been most strongly linked, with The Chronicle reporting he is the club's top transfer target.

The Mirror reported a fortnight ago that Palace had withdrawn from the race to sign Charlie Austin due to concerns over his £15 million price tag.

The Pardew effect

Losing out to Palace would be a real disappointment for Newcastle. Former boss Alan Pardew has had a superb start on the pitch since joining the Eagles this January, and they are benefiting from their top 10 Premier League finish when it comes to attracting players.

Newcastle would have loved to re-sign Yohan Cabaye this summer but it appears Pardew's old connection with the midfielder has won the day, with The Mail reporting they have agreed a fee with PSG.

Missing out on Charlie Austin would be even more of a blow, for he is a player Newcastle could badly do with, and signing both - if it were to happen - would be a bold statement of Crystal Palace's ambition.

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