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Chelsea set to beat Liverpool to striking star as Newcastle make SHOCK Balotelli approach

Liverpool look likely to miss out on another transfer target, with Chelsea understood to be closing in on a move for Charlie Austin, while current Anfield frontman Mario Balotelli nears an unlikely switch to Newcastle United.

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The Queens Park Rangers forward has been linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s top dogs this summer following his goalscoring exploits last season.

While Brendan Rodgers’s side have been heavily linked with the forward, they look set to miss out—news which may come as a blow to the Northern Irish boss following news that another target, Yevhen Konoplyanka, confirmed a move to Sevilla instead of switching to the Premier League.

Newcastle had been expected to move for Austin, but have turned their attentions to current Anfield hitman Mario Balotelli—according to Winnersports [via the Express]—and are looking to bring the forward on loan, hoping to revitalise him following a dire one-goal campaign in the Premier League last season.

The Express understand that Austin now looks set to switch to Chelsea, meaning that the Reds may lose one frontman and miss out on another in the space of a few days.

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