In demand QPR star Charlie Austin re-affirms desire to play in the Premier League

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Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin has been linked with a move to Premier League sides.

Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin told reporters for the Mirror after his side’s 2-2 draw with Cardiff City that he still harbours hopes of playing in the Premier League.

The 26-year-old striker has become one of the most sought-after players this summer after notching 18 Premier League goals season despite the Hoops return to the Championship.

According to a report in the Mirror, Newcastle United, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are keen on his services, with the latter two experiencing a real shortage upfront.

The Hammers and Spurs also hold an advantage over their rivals due to Austin’s preference of staying near his family in London, yet both clubs have so far baulked at his reported £15 million asking price.

Nonetheless, Austin is still hoping for a return to the Premier League as he explained after his side’s win.

“Every player wants to play in the Premier League - I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be there. I have got to keep working hard. I am focused on the job in hand and here to play,” he said.

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Despite his intentions of returning to the top-flight, with the transfer deadline on three weeks away, Austin’s hopes could swiftly turn to QPR returning there via a promotion at the first attempt.

The England striker has real quality and would be a fine addition for a number of top-flight clubs, yet with the situation lingering and the new season underway, a transfer is looking less and less likely.

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