Report: QPR identify Dwight Gayle as potential replacement for Charlie Austin

QPR are keen on the Crystal Palace man, should Charlie Austin leave for Newcastle or West Ham.

According to the Daily Mail, QPR will make a move to sign Dwight Gayle this summer, if Charlie Austin eventually leaves the club.

Gayle looks to be on his way out of Selhurst Park this summer, and the move to sign Connor Wickham from Sunderland has further outcast him.

Palace rate the talented striker at £10 million, and although the likes of Fulham, Bournemouth and Middlesbrough have all made enquiries into taking him - on both loan and permanent deals - the Eagles have yet to accept an approach.

This has meant other clubs are starting to show an interest in him, and QPR are looking at the striker as a replacement for Charlie Austin, who is a prime target for two Premier League sides.

The Daily Mail reported last week that both West Ham and Newcastle were looking at bringing the striker in following his impressive season in the Premier League. QPR have yet to have any team match their £15 million asking price, and he is in line to start the Championship campaign this weekend against Charlton, but a formal offer is expected before the end of the transfer window.

If Austin does finally leave, the R’s will be able to afford Gayle with ease, but they will likely still move to sign him for a lower fee. The 24-year-old has impressed in the Premier League, and is still young, but it is hard to back up claims he is worth £10 million, especially as Palace want to sell him this summer.

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