After an impressive debut in the Premier League last season with Queens Park Rangers, it was considered a huge surprise that Charlie Austin didn't move on in the summer.
However, with the winter window now upon us, it could be all about to change for the England striker.
According to The Sun, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is ready to splash £7.5 million to land the forward, rather than wait until his contract expires in the summer.
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Pardew views Austin as the man his side, who currently sit in seventh, so desperately need to carry on their excellent form this season.
The 26-year-old would prove an invaluable asset and a boost to an attacking line-up featuring Connor Wickham, Frazier Campbell, Dwight Gale and Maraoune Chamakh, who have all been off the pace this season.
Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford was once a part of that list but recently terminated his contract, returning to Stamford Bridge.
It's not the first time Palace have shown an interest in Austin, having made an attempt to sign him on deadline day last summer. A deal ultimately failed to materialise.
QPR refused to allow their star player to leave for less than £15 million and a rejected bid from Leicester City, who also failed to meet their valuation.
However, with promotion back to the Premier League unlikely, it appears the Rs are willing to listen to offers for a man they know will seek a free transfer away in the summer.
Should Austin become available this month, Palace would face a battle for his signature, with Newcastle, West Ham, Bournemouth and Norwich are reportedly interested.
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