Report: Aston Villa planning January move for QPR striker Charlie Austin

Aston Villa want to sign the QPR forward in January.

According to a report in the Telegraph, Aston Villa are hoping to sign QPR forward Charlie Austin in January, as they bid to secure their Premier League survival.

It is stated that Villa have watched Austin all season, and after his six games in 12 Championship games, they are ready to swoop for him when the transfer window opens.

He is in his last year of contract, and although QPR value him at £8 million - according to the report - they could be tempted to sell for a cheaper price knowing that the striker could walk away for free at the end of the season.

Would Austin be a good signing for Aston Villa?

Austin, who has scored 44 goals in 85 games with QPR, proved his talent in the Premier League last season, and would bring a guaranteed goal threat to a Villa side struggling in the final third.

They are the joint lowest scorers in the top flight, and Jordan Ayew, Rudy Gestede and Gabriel Agbonlahor have all been failing to hit the back of the net on a consistent basis.

Remi Garde needs to be able to name a striker who will bring a guaranteed conversion rate in front of goal, and Austin would do that.

£8 million seems like a bargain price for the striker considering his has proven his abilities in the Premier League, and the Midlands club could get an even better deal if they can convince QPR to lower the asking price due to Austin’s contract situation.

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