Reports today are suggesting that Everton are considering a U-turn on England striker Charlie Austin.
Austin scored 18 goals in 36 games last term, and earned himself a call-up to the England national squad.
It is now being reported by The Mirror that Everton are joining the race, after Chris Ramsay confirmed the player was looking for a move to a top-half club.
Whilst Everton struggled last term, they are expecting to get back into the European hunt this season – and Austin might be an extra piece of the jigsaw in that pursuit.
The report claims that QPR are looking for £15 million for the player.
Wait a minute?
Haven’t Everton already been ruled out in the pursuit of Austin?
In May it was reported by the Liverpool Echo that Everton were indeed looking for another striker but that Austin was not the man they had in mind.
The Echo were adamant that Everton were not keen so any move now would represent a big apparent U-turn.
Everton need a striker through the entrance this summer in order to back up Romelu Lukaku, especially with the future of Kevin Mirallas in the air.
Is it likely?
£15 million is a lot of money for Everton, despite the fact they spent much more on Lukaku last season. There would not be enough room in the first-team for both players, leaving one ostracized and money wasted – something Bill Kenwright would not tolerate.
Austin still looks likely to end up elsewhere.