Charlie Austin to join Southampton from QPR on bargain price

Southampton have agreed personal terms with Charlie Austin after Queens Park Rangers accepted a £4 million bid for their striker, according to The Telegraph.

Austin was called up to the England squad last May for the international friendly against the Republic of Ireland, in which he did not feature. It was assumed the striker would soon join a Premier League club, with Newcastle and Crystal Palace known to have been interested.

But Austin remained with QPR. Soon enough, the goal getter grew frustrated with the Rangers’ 17th place in the Championship, 13 points off the play-off places. He has not featured for a month under new manager Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink.

Still, the 26-year-old has scored 10 goals in 16 Championship appearances this season and would become a free agent this summer. According to the report, the Saints have made their move for just £4 million, which looks like a cheap price. Six months ago Premier League rivals Leicester City had a £12 million bid rejected by QPR.

Austin was the fourth-highest goalscorer in the Premier League last season with 18. He’ll join a Southampton side that’s currently ranked 12th, but that has won just two of their last nine league matches.

 

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