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GOSSIP: Charlie Austin wanted by Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Fulham and West Brom

Four clubs are reportedly in the race to sign Southampton striker Charlie Austin

Southampton striker Charlie Austin is wanted by Fulham, West Brom, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace for a summer transfer Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

Southampton striker Charlie Austin is apparently courting the interest of four different clubs.

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are all in the race to sign the forward according the The Sun.

Earlier in the week, Premier League newcomers Sheffield United were linked with an Austin transfer.

It’s thought Saints are trying to sell Austin for bids in the region of £8m.

The report says Austin has been told he is free to leave the club by Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl as the Austrian attempts to overhaul his squad.

It’s expected Hasenhuttl will have to sell numerous players to raise funds to sign those he wants.

Austin has scored 20 goals in 76 appearances for Saints since signing from QPR in the 2016 January transfer window.