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Chelsea and Liverpool are set to miss out on striking transfer target as ambitions Premier League rivals plan player-plus-cash deal

Having already signed Yohan Cabaye from Paris Saint-Germain, Crystal Palace are looking to make a move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

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The English forward has been targeted by some of the division’s giants already this window, and has been linked with a switch to Chelsea, Southampton and Liverpool [Daily Star].

However, Palace—who have already demonstrated their ambition with the £10 million acquisition of French international Cabaye—have made the first move for the striker.

The Guardian report that that South London outfit have offered £6 million plus two players for the forward, and it is understood that Fraizer Campbell, Adrian Mariappa, Barry Bannan and/or Adlene Guedioura are the players that QPR will be offered as part of the Austin deal.

The English paper report that while several clubs have been attracted by Austin, following his 18-goal haul in the Premier League last term, none have been willing to meet the Hoops’ £15 million valuation of the player.

Leicester are the only other side to have made a formal offer for the player, but their £12 million approach was rejected earlier in the month [The Guardian].

Austin manged 18 goals in 35 EPL starts last season, also contributing five assists during a testing campaign for the Rangers. Despite the side’s struggles, Austin was a rare ray of light, and earned himself a call-up for the England national side for the friendly against Ireland in May.

Palace have also been linked with a move for Chelsea forward Loic Remy [ESPN], although it remains to be seen whether they would look to sign both the French international and the QPR man, or whether Alan Pardew would be content with one of the pair.

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