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Done deal: Southampton complete signing of QPR striker Charlie Austin

Southampton have completed the signing of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin for a fee of just £4million, according to the BBC.

The 26-year-old agreed personal terms with the Saints and quickly passed a medical to sign a four-and-a-half year deal.

He will not be eligible for this weekend’s game with Chelsea, but will link up with his new teammates next week.

“I’m delighted to have got it over the line so soon into January. I can’t wait to get started now,” Austin said via the club’s official website.

“As soon as Southampton showed an interest that was the one club I wanted to go to.

“You see the progression from when I was playing against Southampton for Swindon. For me, it was important to come to a club that’s on the up and that’s what I’ve got here.”

With Graziano Pelle being linked with a move away from the club this week, could Austin’s arrival spell the end of the road for the Italian international?

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