Charlie Austin transfer odds: Newcastle, Aston Villa & more still fancied

Premier League

The Queens Park Rangers striker could still join Bournemouth, Leicester, Newcastle United, Southampton or Aston Villa - according to bookmakers.

Charlie Austin may have pledged his short-term future to QPR - with his contract expiring at the end of the current season - but the speculation about a move away from Loftus Road this January will no doubt be plentiful.

For the 26-year-old's future is up to the R's as well as his representatives. If the club tell him they want a transfer fee this January rather than risking losing him for free in the summer, there may be business to be done.

QPR may be unwise to risk losing Austin's goals - they look powerless without him - but several Premier League clubs could swoop if he is made available, according to Sky Bet.

Indeed, the striker is 4/7 to stay with the R's but 7/1 to join Bournemouth before February 3rd. The Cherries lead the way yet share the same odds as Leicester City.

Behind them, Sky Bet price Chelsea and Southampton at 9/1.

But perhaps the most interesting duo are the likes of relegation-threatened Newcastle United and Aston Villa. They are the last two clubs to be mentioned before the odds become a lot lengthier and are perhaps the two clubs in most desperate need of a prolific striker (aside from QPR themselves).

Newcastle and Aston Villa were also both heavily linked with Austin over the summer. No team was the subject of more Austin-related speculation than the Magpies and Newcastle fans may feel the club should right their wrongs of the summer and recruit the 26-year-old.

Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Papiss Cisse combined may not score as many goals as Austin between now and summer were the QPR man signed...

Aston Villa, meanwhile, find themselves similarly short of goals but the issue of whether Randy Lerner will plough money into a club rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table could present a big obstacle.

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