Report: Palace favourites to sign £12.5m Charlie Austin... but Newcastle and Southampton enter race

Charlie Austin

The transfer talk was always going to come in thick and fast where the Queens Park Rangers striker is concerned. Crystal Palace reportedly lead Newcastle and Southampton...

Crystal Palace are favourites to sign Charlie Austin from QPR this January, according to the Mirror, but Newcastle United and Southampton have also joined the race for the 26-year-old's signature.

Austin has previously pledged his immediate future (until the summer) to the R's and the west London side are in desperate need of him themselves - they struggle for goals without the striker.

However, Palace, Newcastle and Southampton all reportedly stand a chance of signing Austin.

And the Mirror suggest QPR will demand £12.5 million if the 26-year-old is to leave Loftus Road in January.

Ironically, this exact update was delivered in the summer - Crystal Palace fancied as favourites with Newcastle in the running (Southampton were also continuously linked).

But, such is the skillset possessed by Austin, it's no surprise the reports have resurfaced. And, if anyone knows what they're doing, they'll snap up the QPR man without a second thought this time around.

Palace, Newcastle, the Saints and many more in the Premier League need a clinical striker. It's not often you have one ready and available for £12.5m - who scored 18 in the top flight last season and has netted several in the Championship this term, too.

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