Report: Watford keen on beating Premier League rivals to Charlie Austin's signature

Charlie Austin

Watford are looking to sign Charlie Austin, who has recently been linked with Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton.

According to The Times, Watford have expressed an interest in signing Queens Park Rangers goal machine Charlie Austin.

The Hornets have enjoyed a remarkable season so far, and sit ninth in the Premier League table under Spanish boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

Watford take on Southampton in the Premier League tonight, and will be hoping to get ever closer to the magic 40 point mark, which typically guarantees survival from relegation.

January signings are expected for such an ambitious club, and The Times claim that Watford are looking to bring in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

The 26-year-old forward hit 18 goals in the Premier League for QPR last season, but couldn't save the R's from relegation to the Championship.

With his contract expiring at the end of the season, many have expected Austin to leave Loftus Road, but no clubs have so far been able to prise him away from the Championship club.

The Mirror recently reported that Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Southampton were all looking to sign Austin, but now Watford are looking to beat their Premier League rivals to his signature.

Few Hornets fans could have expected a new striker to be signed this month considering the success of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo, who have hit 19 goals between them this season - but Austin would give Watford another potent goal threat as they look to establish themselves as a Premier League club.

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