Tottenham made bookies' favourites to land QPR striker Charlie Austin

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The Queens Park Rangers frontman looks certain to leave Loftus Road this summer, with a number of Premier League clubs linked with his services.

Tottenham Hotspur have been made favourites by Sky Bet in the race to sign Charlie Austin before the close of the transfer window.

The 26-year old has been linked with a host of clubs over the last few months, but Sky have now placed odds of 11/2 on Spurs securing his services, with Newcastle their nearest rivals at 6/1.

Is a move likely?

Saido Berahino and Javier Hernandez have been the two strikers most heavily-touted for a switch to White Hart Lane this summer, by the likes of the Independent, and Spurs’ need for an injection of pace is the likely factor behind that.

Charlie Austin, on the other hand, will not add pace to the Spurs attack but would instead serve as a like-for-like replacement for Harry Kane. After Kane’s extraordinary campaign last term, however, it will take something extra special to dislodge him as Spurs’ number one striker.

Berahino and Hernandez, meanwhile, can both be utilised in various attacking roles - owing to their mobility - and are more likely to forge a partnership with the Spurs man.

Given Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred system, a partnership of Austin and Kane is hard to foresee due to their similarities and lack of pace, and it’s therefore doubtful that the R’s striker would be willing to join in full knowledge of his role as back-up - especially considering the plethora of clubs reportedly interested in his signature.

His transfer fee could prove a stumbling block, however, and while a move to the likes of Newcastle or West Ham probably makes more sense for both club and player - with both clubs in need of reinforcements in the striking department - Spurs may prove to be the only club willing to match the £15 million figure reportedly demanded by QPR.

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