Report: Charlie Austin Tottenham's Plan B if Berahino negotiations fall through

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Tottenham have the Queens Park Rangers striker in their sights if West Brom remain stubborn over any potential sale of the 22-year-old.

Tottenham Hotspur will move for QPR forward Charlie Austin if their negotiations with West Brom over Saido Berahino fall through, according to the Daily Star.

Indeed, the north London side's pursuit of the Baggies man has been well documented recently and Spurs remain determined to bring the young forward on board.

The Star report that Tottenham will turn to 26-year-old Austin if progress can't be made, however, with the QPR striker's future also up in the air - and likely to remain so until the close of the transfer window.

 Premier League 2014/15 GoalsAssistsChances CreatedHeadersDribblesMinutes Played
Charlie Austin 18 5 24 92 15 3,069
Saido Berahino 14 1 28 19 26 2,929

As Opta stats show, a statistical comparison of both is rather revealing. QPR's Austin scored more, assisted more and won far more headers than Berahino in the Premier League last term.

But, of the Tottenham-linked duo, Berahino created more chances and won more dribbles, with both forwards having played a very similar amount of minutes during the 2014/15 Premier League campaign.

There are also other factors to consider, however, in that West Brom forward Berahino is younger and more athletic, meaning he will fit into boss Mauricio Pochettino's system better.

QPR's Austin is more static, offering far less outside the box and not being able to play out wide. His fitness also appears inferior to the 22-year-old West Brom man. But his finishing ability is unquestionable.

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