Bournemouth shock new bookies favourites to sign £15m-rated Charlie Austin

The Cherries are seemingly in the race for the QPR goal-machine.

AFC Bournemouth are starting to emerge as serious contenders for the signature of Charlie Austin, at least according to the bookies.

At the time of writing Sky Bet have Bournemouth down as the 4/1 favourites to sign Austin from QPR this summer.

Tottenham and Newcastle are just behind on 5/1 each but the odds on Bournemouth are truly interesting.

The striker, who had a fantastic campaign last season, has been offered a new contract by QPR as teams struggle to meet the £15 million asking price for the player, as reported by the London Evening Standard this week.

Bournemouth would certainly struggle to pay that much, but will still be hopeful of concluding a deal.

Austin used to play for Poole Town, not far from Bournemouth, and has links with Eddie Howe.

Austin spent the 2009 pre-season with Bournemouth whilst a Poole Town player. Bournemouth, who were remarkably in League Two at the time, wanted to sign him. Unfortunately they were under a transfer embargo because of their troubled finances - Austin went to Swindon Town instead.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe eventually got his man, signing him for Burnley, but would love to bring him in to help the relegation fight at Dean Court.

If Howe got him again, he would be completing a coup by beating the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle to his coveted signature.

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