Charlie Austin's football story is rather remarkable. Through his teenage years, he played for various non-league clubs before signing for Poole Town where he worked part-time as a bricklayer.
Six years on and Austin has just finished an outstanding season for Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League, an enormous progression from where the English striker was just a few years ago.
Although QPR were relegated from the Premier League last season, Austin managed to score 18 league goals, with just Diego Costa, Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero scoring more.
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For a striker to be the fourth top scorer in the Premier League when they play for a relegated team is a great achievement and shows that Austin has the talent to cut it in England's top flight.
Since QPR's relegation to the Championship, Austin has been linked with a host of Premier League clubs with Newcastle the current favourites to win the battle for the England internationals' signature.
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Leicester City have reportedly had a bid for Austin rejected, with Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and even current champions Chelsea all reportedly interested in a deal.
Newcastle United just managed to survive relegation on the last day of the Premier League last season and with the club struggling in front of goal for the majority of the campaign, you can see why they would be interested in bringing in a proven goalscorer.
With top goalscorer Papiss Cisse's future undecided, there is no doubt Newcastle require a fresh face or two up front to boost their firepower.
It is unknown as to how much Austin would cost Newcastle, however, supposedly Newcastle's new manager Steve McClaren has been given funds to spend and the Newcastle board should really consider splashing out on Austin, who would no doubt strengthen their chances of survival for the upcoming season.
Bournemouth & Leicester
Newly promoted Bournemouth were not short of attacking options in the Championship last season, however, with Brett Pitman moving to Ipswich and with star striker Callum Wilson yet to prove his worth in the Premier League, Eddie Howe would be wise to bring in a recognised striker with Premier League experience and Austin would fit the bill perfectly.
Leicester City have supposedly had a bid of around £12million rejected for Austin, but it is not yet known whether or not the club will come back in for him.
With Nigel Pearson's recent sacking, it is likely the club will wait until a new manager is appointed before any more transfer business is completed.
Leicester are not currently short of strikers with Jamie Vardy, David Nugent, Leonardo Ulloa and Andrej Kramaric, however, if the club feel that a new striker is needed and Austin becomes available, he should fit in to the squad with not many problems at all.
Crystal Palace are also rumoured to be interested in attaining the services of the 26-year-old QPR striker. Palace have Dwight Gayle, Frazier Campbell and Glenn Murray at their disposal, however, Austin would bring them something a bit different.
Crystal Palace have progressed under the management of Alan Pardew and the signing of Austin could be exactly what the club needs in order to mount a challenge for the European places.
Chelsea, although after just signing Radamel Falcao on loan and with Loic Remy and Diego Costa already at the club, are reported to be keeping an eye on the situation in case an opportunity arises to bring Austin to Stamford Bridge.
Clearly to make a move to the Premier League champions and the opportunity to play in the Champions League would be incredibly difficult to turn down for Austin, however, with Diego Costa being one of the world's best in his position, playing time may be limited for Austin if he was to make the move across London to Chelsea.
Although it has not been confirmed that Austin wants to leave QPR, you would think that after a successful season in the Premier League, he would like to continue playing in the top division in English football.
A step down to the Championship at this stage in Austin's career would not be a wise choice as if he is to have ambitions of continuing to break in to the England set-up; you would think his best opportunity would be to be playing his football at the highest level.
First-team football would obviously also be a key requisite for Austin and in my opinion, he would not get that at Chelsea and would be better off moving to a club that should be safe from relegation and where he would get regular football such as Crystal Palace.
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