Hull City closing in on prolific goalscorer
Hull City in pole position to sign Charlie Austin from Burnley
Charlie Austin is the focus of attention from Premier League new-boys Hull City, according to The Yorkshire Post.
A move for the Englishman would see the one-time non-league star take to the biggest stage of all.
It's reported that Steve Bruce's side have tabled a bid worth £5m to Austin's current club Burnley within the last 48 hours. In past windows Burnley had reportedly demanded closer to £7m for their star man, but with Austin now entering the final year of his contract with the Lancashire club, a deal could be struck.
The deal itself is reminiscent of the move made by Southampton for Jay Rodriguez last summer. Rodriguez, a long-term target of the Saints, was eventually cashed in as he neared the end of his contract, for a fee believed to be around £6.5m.
News of the discussions had fallen silent in recent weeks, after initial offers from Hull were knocked back by Burnley, but it seems that there is now movement from the Tigers in order to further satisfy the demands of the Championship side.
Austin, who turns 24 this week, has long delivered large goal hauls in the Football League. After catching the eye for Poole Town, a move to League One Swindon Town materialised. It was there, netting 37 times in 65 games, that Austin really proved his worth.
After just two seasons in the Football League, Burnley moved to snap up the exciting talent, who has since averaged a goal every two games in the Championship. The next challenge to face the Hungerford-born striker appears to be drawing ever nearer.
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