Date: 2nd December 2015 at 9:28am
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Southampton have reportedly emerged as the new favourites to sign Championship hitman Charlie Austin.

The Premier League outfit, who fell to a 3-1 defeat at league leaders Manchester City on Saturday, have been scouting the Queens Park Rangers striker since the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign.

The 26-year-old, who was called up to the England senior squad only last May, has scored seven goals in 13 league games for the Championship side so far this season.

However it was last term’s impressive tally of 18 goals in the Premier League that caught the eye of the Saints and other Premier League suitors throughout the summer transfer window, although Aston Villa and Newcastle United are also said to be interested in Austin’s services ahead of the New Year.

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