Ronald Koeman says Saints have signed their top January target in Charlie Austin

Southampton have completed a deal for Charlie Austin.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says striker Charlie Austin was his side’s number one priority this month as they seeked to bolster their options upfront, the Mirror reports.

The Saints completed a deal for the talented goal scorer on Saturday morning, with the Mirror reporting that Queens Park Rangers have received a £4 million fee for his services.

Whilst unable to feature against West Bromwich Albion this weekend, Austin did manage to catch a glimpse of his new side as they defeated the Baggies 3-0 at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Speaking to reporters after the match, Koeman was delighted with his day’s work and added that the former QPR man was his side’s number one January transfer target.

“I hope he brings goals. That’s the reason he was our number one target. We need a player like him. Everybody knows his numbers and he’s still [just] 26,” Koeman said, as reported by the Mirror.

“It’s good to have him in now… good for his adaptation so we are also prepared for next season. We’re trying to make the squad stronger and stronger. I’m very pleased Charlie is a Southampton player.”

Austin is currently struggling a little with his fitness, yet Koeman insists he is ready physically and he could be in line for his debut as early as next weekend.

The 26-year-old will provide the club with further options upfront, and perhaps a different type of goal threat to the likes of fellow forwards Shane Long, Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane.

Austin netted 18 Premier League goals for the Hoops last season, though it will be interesting to see if Southampton see him as a similar predominant figure and adapt slightly to his strengths.

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