Report: Charlie Austin prepared to sign for West Ham, won't join Newcastle

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Charlie Austin is reportedly ready to sign for West Ham.

According to the London Evening Standard, Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is prepared to join West Ham United - but won't be signing for Newcastle United.

Austin, 26, smashed 18 goals for QPR last season, but his predatory instincts couldn't keep the R's in the Premier League as they suffered instant relegation back to the Championship.

Now, Austin - who was called up by England earlier this summer - looks set for a return to the Premier League, though many expected him to have already left Loftus Road by now.

It seems that a deal may be drawing closer though, with the London Evening Standard reporting that Austin is prepared to join West Ham United.

Slaven Bilic's men have suffered a striker crisis due to injuries to Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia, and Austin would certainly bring guaranteed goals to the Hammers attack.

The report states that Austin wants to remain in London, and he is now prepared to join West Ham - and a move to Newcastle United has now been ruled out.

It's not only suggested that Austin would reject a move north, but The Chronicle also report that Newcastle have now ended their interest in the striker.

That may suggest that Newcastle know they won't be able to lure Austin up to Tyneside, which will fill West Ham fans with encouragement that they can seal a deal for the goal machine.

With strength, great link-up play and superb predatory instincts, Austin could be a top signing for West Ham, whose attack flattered to deceive against Leicester City on Saturday.

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