John Hartson offers his opinion on Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

A number of Premier League clubs, including Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, are reportedly interested in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

Former West Ham United striker John Hartson suggested on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show on talkSPORT on Tuesday morning (January 5) that Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin is good enough to play in the Premier League.

QPR fans won’t like it because they will feel they could do with his goals in their push to get back into the Premier League, but definitely he showed last season (that he is of Premier League quality)," said Hartson. "I think he got nearly 20 goals for QPR in a relegated team. For me, he is good in the air, he is mobile."

“I think he is a good player, and I think he would be a great player for a team," added the former Wales international.

Interested clubs

Austin is one of the best strikers in the Championship and has been linked with a number of clubs in the Premier League.

A recent report in The Northern Echo claimed that Crystal Palace are favourites to sign the 26-year-old striker in the January transfer window.

The same newspaper has also reported interest in the Englishman from Newcastle United, Southampton and Norwich City.

A recent report in The Daily Star claimed that Sunderland are looking at Austin, who is also reported by The Daily Mail to be the subject of interest from Aston Villa.

Good player

Austin has struggled with injuries this season, but he has banged in the goals when fit.

The former Burnley star has scored 10 goals and created 17 chances in 16 league matches for QPR so far this campaign.

The in-demand Englishman has a pass accuracy of 63% and a shot accuracy of 49%, and has won 53 headers, nine dribbles and 13 tackles.

During the 2014-15 season, Austin scored 18 goals and created 23 chances in 35 Premier League matches for QPR.

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