Ian Wright reacts to rumours claiming Tottenham could sign Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

Ian Wright believes Austin should consider a move to Tottenham.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live’s 606 programme, former Arsenal star Ian Wright has discussed Tottenham moving for Charlie Austin in January, with rumours suggesting that is a potential transfer.

When asked about Spurs moving for Austin, Wright said: “I’ve heard that [rumoured]. What it all comes down to is Austin wanting to come in knowing he is a number two striker to Harry Kane when Kane is fit. I can understand the Charlie Austin link. It will depend on how much Austin will want to come to Spurs and be the back-up striker. For me, if I’m at QPR in mid-table and Spurs come in for me, I would go to Spurs and try and nick a few goals.”

There have been no concrete reports since the summer claiming that Spurs are interested in Austin, although his name is often raised in discussions as a potential target for the Lilywhites.

The QPR forward is English, is still relatively young, and more than proved his Premier League goalscoring ability last season, and seems to be a sensible option for Spurs.

Being out of contract at the end of this season also means that Austin is available for a cut price fee this month, and Wright believes that only one factor would prevent Austin wanting to move to Tottenham.

That factor being that Austin would never be anything more than a back-up striker to Harry Kane.

He would be signed as a second choice, to provide cover to Kane, with Mauricio Pochettino not able to call upon a natural forward as a back-up to the star striker.

As he is first-choice forward at QPR, it could be that Austin does not want to swap consistent football for a place on the bench, but Wright has claimed he would sign for Spurs if in the same position.

Being a starting striker for a Championship side is not as prestigious as being a back-up player for a serious Premier League title contender, and Wright has said he would move to the Lilywhites if he was Austin, and just try and nick a few goals to establish himself in the top flight, and increase his chances of playing international football.

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