Three Championship sides who should sign Southampton's Charlie Austin

QPR's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goal

Prolific striker reported to be available from Southampton. QPR, Newcastle and Wolves should consider a move.

Charlie Austin celebrates after scoring for Southampton against Manchester UnitedCharlie Austin celebrates after scoring for Southampton against Manchester United

Charlie Austin faces an uncertain future at Southampton, The Sun report, with the striker playing just seven minutes of Southampton's Premier League opener against Watford.

The paper claim Everton are keen on a deal if they end up selling Romelu Lukaku, but Championship sides are also going to be keen on the striker if a deal is possible.

Here are three who could benefit from Austin signing...

QPR

The Sun's report states QPR are keen to bring Austin back on loan, and are hopeful of doing a deal.

QPR's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goalQPR's Charlie Austin celebrates scoring their first goal

Austin scored prolifically for the R's before he was sold for £4 million in January, and bringing him back would be a major coup.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side have had a strong start to the season, and Austin could make them real promotion contenders. He is a fan favourite at Loftus Road and a move back to west London makes sense if he is no longer wanted at Southampton.

Newcastle

Newcastle were strongly linked with Charlie Austin a year ago but did not want to pay QPR's asking price.

Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle scores their first goalNewcastle United's Dwight Gayle 

Now in the Championship they are regarded as strong promotion contenders despite their poor start to the campaign.

Austin could hope to bounce back to the Premier League and could be tempted to play under Rafa Benitez, while Dwight Gayle's early performances suggest he could benefit from playing alongside a striker as talented as Austin.

Wolves

Wolves have been building impressively since their takeover and have had a solid start to the season with four points from a possible six.

They could still benefit from a top goalscorer up front, and last season had a £6 million bid rejected for Derby's Chris Martin.

Wolves may have the money to tempt Southampton into selling him on for a profit, and the club's ambition could yet convince Austin to take a step down.

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