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Tottenham set to launch £15m bid for prolific former Premier League striker

Tottenham are ready to turn their attentions to Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin in a bid to bolster their attacking options for the new Premier League season, Mirror Sport reports.

The north London outfit are expected to offload Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa before the end of the window, the Mirror says, and that would leave them short of options in attack and heavily reliant on Harry Kane once again.

In hopes to provide suitable cover for the England international, Spurs are now ready to swoop in for Austin after fellow Premier League rivals Newcastle and West Ham United have so far refused to meet his £15m valuation.

Despite suffering the heartache of relegation with QPR, Austin won himself many admirers during his debut season in England’s top tier, finding the back of the net 18 times in 35 league appearances and finishing fourth in the overall goalscoring charts.

His form led to a well-deserved call up to the senior national team and he will need to be playing regularly at the highest level if he is to have any chance of making the Three Lions squad for next summer’s European Championships in France.

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The Mirror’s report adds that Tottenham could try to sweeten the deal by offering QPR a player on loan as part of the move, though no specific name is mentioned.

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