Why Aston Villa may be the best option for QPR striker Charlie Austin

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The likes of Newcastle United and West Ham have been credited with holding an interest, but Villa Park may be the best destination for England hopeful.

If Charlie Austin wants to be playing Premier League football next season, then Aston Villa may be his only remaining option.

While it would be amiss to suggest that he is looking for a move away from Queens Park Rangers, there is no doubt that a return to the top-flight would be of greater interest to him than a season in the Championship.

What with Euro 2016 looming large, he is unlikely to force his way into Roy Hodgson’s plans while playing in the second tier. However, his list of suitors in the top tier is fast diminishing.

Long-rumoured admirers Newcastle - as reported by the Daily Mail - have now signed Alexander Mitrovic, who is sure to be first choice, while the likes of Papiss Cisse, Emmanuel Riviere and Ayoze Perez are all pushing for places as well. That makes a move up north unlikely.

West Ham have also been linked, and co-owner David Gold has admitted to being in the hunt for a striker - according to London24 - but they already boast strong competition up front with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho impressing last season and Andy Carroll still very much in contention, should he manage to get fit.

A perfect replacement for Christian Benteke

That leaves Aston Villa as one of his last remaining viable options. The club need to replace Christian Benteke after his move to Liverpool, and Austin would be an ideal replacement.

More than anything, his style of play fits in perfectly with that of Villa’s, with the 26-year-old capable of being a focal point at the business end of the field.

There would also be very little risk in the move; he has already shown that he can score goals in the top-flight with his performances last season. There are very few proven goal scorers available this summer,

Whether they make a move for Austin remains to be seen, they certainly have the cash to do so, but they may be his only viable option of Premier League football next season.

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