Burnley striker eyes Premier League switch.
Burnley striker Charlie Austin has sent the word out that he is ready to step up to the Premier League following another impressive year in front of goal in the Championship, The Sun reports.
The 23-year-old hitman has bagged 28 goals in 40 appearances for The Clarets and he now wants to test himself in the top flight.
A number of Premier League sides have been credited with an interest in his services this season with the likes of Newcastle, Arsenal, Norwich and Aston Villa all taking a closer look, and it is thought that at least one of them will make an approach for him at the end of the season.
And the ex-brick layer is excited by the prospect of stepping up a division, though also admitting that he won’t be heartbroken if he has to stay put.
“If it comes this summer, I’ll take it and I’ll leave Burnley with my head held high,” he said.
“When that chance comes, every footballer wants to play in the Premier League.”
“No matter what the rumours are I’ve no intention of going anywhere unless the club say so.”
Austin began his career on the non-league circuit, taking in stints with the likes of Kintbury Rangers, Hungerford Town and Poole Town before joining Swindon in 2009. A successful two year spell in Wiltshire brought him to the attention of Burnley where he has been banging in the goals ever since.