Chris Ramsey: Charlie Austin wants to move to a top half Premier League side

QPR striker Austin has been linked with Newcastle United, Aston Villa, West Ham and West Brom.

Austin has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, and QPR boss Chris Ramsey has told talkSPORT that the striker wants to move to a team in the top half of the Premier League.

He said: “We want to keep him but it’s unlikely. The club is in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros. He’s aiming to go to a team that’s in the top half of the table, if he doesn’t then he could stay.”

This deals a blow to a number of Premier League sides who have been linked with him, considering many are teams who languished in the bottom half of the table last term.

The Shields Gazette claim that Newcastle United and West Ham want Ausin, whilst the Mirror have linked him with a move to Aston Villa. The Birmingham Mail indicated that West Brom have been planning a move for the England hopeful as well.

However, none of those sides have true top half ambitions, with West Ham the only team who look to be capable of bridging the gap and challenging for the Europa League places. They are in Europe’s secondary competition this season, and will prove a great opportunity for Austin to stake a claim for inclusion in the England squad.

Villa have lost players to the level that they now look like a relegation candidate, Newcastle have strengthened well, but don’t really need a new striker now, and the Baggies are very much a team mired in the bottom half of the division.

The Hammers look to be the best option for Austin, and their current status means that they are likely to be the team he most wants to move to - meaning they really should make a concrete approach for him in the coming days.

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