Report: Tottenham pursue QPR hitman Charlie Austin, Levy willing to pay asking price

Tottenham have reportedly opened discussions with QPR over signing Charlie Austin.

According to The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur have held discussions with Queens Park Rangers over signing striker Charlie Austin.

Spurs have strengthened their defence so far this summer with the arrivals of Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld, but manager Mauricio Pochettino must add a striker to support Harry Kane this season.

With Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado struggling last season, at least one new forward must be brought to White Hart Lane if Spurs are to break back into the top four.

Now, The Mirror report that Tottenham have opened talks with Queens Park Rangers over a deal to sign striker Charlie Austin, who has just one year left on his contract at Loftus Road.

The 25-year-old has proven himself to be nothing short of a goal machine at every level he has played at from non-league up to the Premier League, smashing 18 goals for QPR last season despite their relegation to the Championship.

The report states that Tottenham are keen to sign Austin and have subsequently contacted QPR over a deal, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy willing to pay QPR's £15m asking price.

Many will question whether Austin is good enough to play for a team pushing to play in the Champions League, but given how Austin has stepped up and adjusted to each level of football through his career, it's certainly plausible that the centre forward could adapt to the increased expectation.

£15m may be pricey, but Spurs would be getting a player who has proven himself in the Premier League, and would be ideal foil for Harry Kane as a centre forward, allowing Kane to drop deep and pick up the ball.

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