Baggies showing interest in Charlie Austin
West Bromwich Albion are preparing for Saido Berahino’s exit by eyeing up Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.
The England youngster has been strongly linked with a move away from The Hawthorns, with Tottenham Hotspur the likely destination, and if the striker does leave, Tony Pulis will attempt to lure Austin to the Midlands.
Interest in Austin
Austin was in superb form last season for QPR, scoring 18 goals in the Premier League, but it wasn’t enough to keep the club in the top-flight as they were relegated to the Championship.
Throughout the summer Austin has been linked with several clubs, including the likes of Southampton, Newcastle United and Chelsea, but with only one formal bid coming so far, a £12million offer from Leicester City, nothing has arisen from reported interest.
QPR manager Chris Ramsey confirmed earlier in the summer that he expects to lose the star-striker, but only to a top-half team in the Premier League, which could be a problem for West Brom, who are not seen as a top-10 side.
However, with potential money coming in from a Berahino deal, The Baggies could persuade QPR to sell and could convince Austin to join.
Regarding Berahino, he has already handed in a formal transfer request at the club, but saw it immediately declined, and has also been the subject of a £22m bid from Spurs, which was also rejected.
It’s reported that West Brom want around £25m for the striker.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt