Report: West Brom targeting Charlie Austin if Berahino is sold, double deal possible

West Brom - The Hawthorns

West Brom are reportedly ready to move for Charlie Austin - but only if Saido Berahino is sold.

According to The Sun, West Bromwich Albion have identified QPR's Charlie Austin as a replacement for Saido Berahino, should the Baggies ace leave in January.

Berahino is attracting interest from Newcastle and Tottenham, as noted by the Express and Star, and many believe that he will leave during the January transfer window.

If the 22-year-old forward does leave The Hawthorns in the coming months, it's wise for West Brom to have potential replacements in mind, with Tony Pulis no doubt looking for strikers even after landing Salomon Rondon over the summer.

The Sun believe that West Brom already have their target lined up, with Pulis keen to pursue a cut-price deal for QPR's Charlie Austin on the condition that Berahino leaves the club and provides him with a cash boost.

The 26-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning QPR could look to cash in on the striker who hit 18 goals for the R's in the Premier League last season.

A proven goalscorer who deserves to be playing in the top flight, Austin would be a sensible target for the Baggies should Berahino depart - and he may not be the only QPR player being lined up for a switch to The Hawthorns in January.

The report also states that Pulis want to bring QPR winger Matt Phillips to West Brom, making a double deal with the R's possible once the January transfer window opens.

Winger Phillips has plenty of pace and impressed in the second half of last season, and could bring a spark out wide for a West Brom side who have struggled for goals this season.

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