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Arsenal & Liverpool striker target plays down transfer talk

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Burnley striker Charlie Austin has played down talk of a big-money move to the Premier League.

The 23-year-old Championship hitman was heavily linked with a move away from Turf Moor last week, with Arsenal and Liverpool amongst the clubs reportedly keen on the player.

However, Austin insists his feet are firmly on the ground in Lancashire, and that he’s fully focused on helping Sean Dyche’s side challenge for promotion.

"I'm not up there - I play in the Championship, I don't play in the Premier League. If I do get there, brilliant, and I'll assess that situation when I get there,” he’s quoted as saying on Sky Sports.

"I play for Burnley in the Championship at the moment, I've got a job to do in the Championship scoring as many goals as I can and that's what I'm doing."

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger spent big on a striker in the summer, with Olivier Giroud moving to the Emirates Stadium for £12 million. His main challenger for a starting place is Marouane Chamakh.

And, with a lack of further options in the position, the Gunners chief has been linked with a number of other strikers in recent weeks, with Napoli hitman Edinson Cavani placed on the north London radar by The Daily Mail.

Liverpool have a similar problem with depth up-front, with Luis Suarez the only fit senior striker currently on the books at Anfield after Andy Carroll left on loan in the summer.

Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen on Klaas Jan-Huntelaar – as well as the recent link to Austin – and it could be an interesting January on Merseyside if the Reds boss is given money to play with.

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