The four bookies' favourites to sign Charlie Austin: Who needs him most?

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Bournemouth, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Everton lead the chase for the Queens Park Rangers striker, according to the odds.


As of Thursday afternoon, Bournemouth are the bookmakers' favourites to sign Charlie Austin from QPR, according to Sky Bet.

And the 26-year-old would provide a vital addition to Eddie Howe's side should their reported pursuit of Lewis Grabban prove unsuccessful. A Grabban return at Bournemouth would be a better fit, as the club's style of football may not be ideally suited to Austin. Without him, however, there is no one more proven that the Cherries could get. Verdict: No Grabban, Austin would be essential.

West Brom

Second favourites in the running as of recently, West Brom's interest in the QPR striker very much depends on the future of Saido Berahino. If the Baggies marksman leaves, Austin would be very welcome indeed at the Hawthorns.

West Brom have already signed Salomon Rondon and Rickie Lambert but, without Berahino, Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye don't appear to command enough faith from Tony Pulis. Austin alongside Rondon (or rotating) would seriously boost West Brom's chances of a good Premier League finish, which could even be a case of survival. Verdict: If Berahino goes, Austin is a must.

Crystal Palace

Like plenty of their Premier League rivals, Crystal Palace are in need of a marquee forward and their summer recruitment so far - headlined by the signing of Yohan Cabaye - demands only the best if they are to bring another player in.

Alan Pardew does have plenty of front men on the books but some face an uncertain future and, even with the arrival of Connor Wickham, the chance to bring a striker who scored 18 Premier League goals last season could prove a brilliant opportunity for Crystal Palace. Verdict: Would be extremely useful is Palace are aiming high this term.


Everton's odds have drifted since Wednesday afternoon but the Merseyside outfit have at several points this summer even been favourites to sign the QPR forward. The Toffees are striker light and rely on a main main in Romelu Lukaku who is unplayable at his best but inconsistent when it comes to producing his best.

Everton may well have funds to use on Austin if John Stones completes a big-money move to Chelsea. Verdict: Could easily survive without him but the striker would provide a significant boost.


Out of all the above, though, it is Austin's current club that would need him most. In the Championship, the 26-year-old could quite easily net 20+ goals - he is already top scorer with four.

And, if Austin is happy to stay, QPR will happily keep the striker. It's simply a matter of whether another club will meet his valuation before Deadline Day. If not, the forward's presence could account for several league places for the R's. Verdict: If they can hold onto him, Austin's importance at Loftus Road will be undeniable.

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