QPR striker Austin wanted by Newcastle and Southampton

Charlie Austin is expected to leave Queens Park Rangers this summer after the club was relegated from the Premier League and the Daily Telegraph reported Newcastle United and Southampton are among the clubs interested in the striker.

QPR’s return to the Championship was confirmed on Sunday after a 6-0 defeat by deposed champions Manchester City, Chris Ramsey’s side bottom of the table with 27 points, nine points adrift of safety with only two games to play. QPR are facing a legal battle with the Football League over alleged Financial Fair Play breaches amid concerns the London outfit may not be granted a licence to compete in the Championship.

A host of players are expected to leave Loftus Road over the summer with 13 contracts set to expire. Austin is not one of them but will have only 12 months remaining on his deal as of the end of the season, and QPR are likely to cash in while they can. Austin meanwhile wants to play in the Premier League to force his way into the England squad with the 2016 European Championships in mind.

Newcastle, who themselves are threatened by relegation with a handful of games to play, and Southampton, are mentioned as suitors for the 25-year-old former Swindon Town and Burnley striker. Austin has scored 17 goals in his first 30 Premier League games, having netted 20 times in 37 appearances in his first year with QPR, helping them to promotion to the top flight.

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