Chelsea and London rivals set for transfer battle over £15m England international

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Queens Park Rangers’ Charlie Austin is not interested in joining Aston Villa or Newcastle United – and is instead hoping for a transfer to Chelsea or Tottenham Hotspur.

According to the Express, the Premier League quartet are all interested in the England international’s signature but, while playing time may be limited with the Blues and Spurs, the striker is said to favour a move to Jose Mourinho or Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Nonetheless, the British newspaper state that, if Chelsea and Tottenham opt not to meet his £15m valuation this summer, the centre-forward is content with staying at Loftus Road for the 2015-16 season.

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QPR manager Chris Ramsey recently revealed that the Hoops are yet to receive an official offer for Austin:

“There have been offers,” as quoted by The Guardian, “With a player of Charlie’s ability, there will always be speculation.

“At the moment, there has been nothing concrete. We’ve had offers that we’ve rejected, and we’ve had offers that Charlie himself has not been happy to take on.

“At the moment, he’s a QPR player and he’s working hard in training. I’m having the idea that he will be here into the season. If he is here during the season then he is going to be someone that we want to use.”

The 26-year-old scored 18 goals in his debut campaign in England’s top flight, and having proved his ability at the highest level in the country, it would certainly be a disappointment if he returns to the Championship.

Only Golden Boot winner Sergio Aguero had a higher average of shots per-game than Austin – beating his 3.7 with 4.5 – highlighting just how dangerous he proved in front of goal.

He earned his first call-up to Roy Hodgson’s senior England international team in May 2015 [via BBC Sport].

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