A 26-year-old Charlie Austin has reportedly agreed on personal terms with Premier League club Southampton F.C according to Sky Sources. It is believed that the QPR forward had undergone his medical later this day and has passed the test. Having scored 10 goals in 12 appearances for QPR in the Championship, Austin is set to return to the Premier League with this move. Austin was a lethal striker in the Premier League last season as he ended being the fourth top scorer in 2014 with 18 goals to his name.
With five goals in five games in December 2014, he was awarded the Premier League Player of the Month award, becoming the only second QPR player to do so.By scoring a league hat-trick for QPR, Austin became the first Rangers player in more than ten years to achieve the feat; not since striker Jamie Cureton netted three times in a 4–1 home victory over Coventry City on 28 September 2004 had it been done.
Austin is known for his meticulous finishing and commendable defensive contribution. His strengths included headed attempts and long shots. Austin likes to shoot from far away and play long balls.
It is believed that the deal amounts to nearly £4m. That’s a bargain for the Saints and really good business. Austin is a deadly striker and his inclusion in the squad is surely going to be a threat for top clubs. The Saints are currently 12th on the standings but Austin’s addition will surely make them jump up places on the table.
With Pelle being rumoured with a move out of St Marys, it seems Charlie could make a good replacement for him. This deal will be counted as one of the biggest transfers of January 2016. Fantastic move from the Saints.