Report: West Ham stepping up Charlie Austin pursuit, could offer part-exchange deal

West Ham are reportedly ready to make a move for QPR's Charlie Austin.

According to The Mirror, West Ham have rejoined the race to sign Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, and are readying a bid this week.

The Hammers have already snapped up Darren Randolph, Carl Jenkinson, Stephen Hendrie, Angelo Ogbonna, Pedro Obiang, Manuel Lanzini and Dimitri Payet this summer, with new manager Slaven Bilic strengthening heavily ahead of the new Premier League season.

However, one position continues to cause problems for the Hammers - centre forward. Andy Carroll won't be fit for some time yet, whilst Enner Valencia also suffered an injury during Thurday's 2-2 Europa League draw against Astra Giurgiu.

Now, The Mirror believe that Bilic is set to make a move to rectify the problem by making a bid for Queens Park Rangers hitman Charlie Austin.

The 26-year-old Englishman hit 18 goals for QPR last season, but having seen the R's relegated, Austin is seemingly set to leave Loftus Road, with just one year left on his contract with Chris Ramsey's side.

The report states that West Ham are now hoping to strike a deal despite initially baulking at QPR's £15m valuation of the player, and will offer winger Matt Jarvis in part-exchange to try and bring the fee down.

Whilst the Hammers do have Diafra Sakho, adding a proven goalscorer like Austin would go a long way to helping West Ham push towards the top eight in the upcoming season.

Austin displayed his predatory instincts with QPR, and he also possesses great hold up play to link with his team-mates in the final third.

New playmaker Payet has created an abundance of chances this summer, and they just need a poacher - like AUustin - to finish off those chances.

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