Is West Ham the perfect club for Charlie Austin this summer?

Loftus Road QPR

Newcastle United and West Ham have been most heavily linked with the Queens Park Rangers striker.

According to the Daily Mail, both Newcastle and West Ham United have been linked with moves for QPR forward Charlie Austin this summer. Indeed, R's boss Chris Ramsey recently admitted the striker could be sold if the right offer was made, according to BBC Sport.

So where's best for the 26-year-old?

Newcastle United

Newcastle could certainly do with another big-name striker considering the relative youth of summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic. But Steve McClaren's continual insistence on there not being a bid for Austin is a strange ploy.

Is McClaren suggesting the club don't need Austin? And why should the QPR front man jump at the chance of joining the Magpies if they repeatedly dismiss any interest in him in public?

Austin would no doubt fit in well at Newcastle, however, who have been favourites to sign the R's forward all summer.

Queens Park Rangers

There is also, of course, the option of Austin staying at QPR, which could end up out of the striker's hands.

Austin appears happy at Loftus Road and seems casual over any potential move away from the R's. The money received from any sale would be hugely beneficial for the west London side but Austin's goals could prove even more crucial. If Newcastle or West Ham aren't willing to spend big, the 26-year-old may well end up thriving at QPR once more.

West Ham United

Could Upton Park, though, be the perfect destination for Austin all things considered?

Once every West Ham striker is fully fit, Austin would face heavy competition up front. But that's a scenario a striker with 18 Premier League goals to his name last season certainly has the quality to deal with. Until then, meanwhile, the QPR man could make himself a huge part of Slaven Bilic's side.

With Andy Carroll rarely fit and Enner Valencia also now on the injury table, the opportunity is there for Austin to really make a name for himself at a club aiming for the right end of the Premier League table. Is that the best possible option for him?

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