Crystal Palace are apparently leading the race to sign QPR striker Charlie Austin in the January transfer window, despite a host of other clubs being interested in him.
The QPR fan favourite had been expected to run his contract down completely and leave the Hoops without a transfer fee in the summer, but with the West Londoners desperate to make some money out of his departure, we may well see Pardew and Parish push for Austin himself to commit to a move in the coming days.
Unfortunately for the Loftus Road outfit, the ball is firmly in Austin’s court as things stand, leaving them somewhat helpless to force through a move, despite their own reasons for wanting to.
Having seen their own form falter of late, the dangling prospect of a sizeable fee for the currently injured frontman will be looking more and more appealing with each passing week, not that Austin will be swayed on the matter to suit the desires of his current paymasters.
We can expect the transfer rumour mill to kick into overdrive in the coming days, with the Charlie Austin saga just one of a number of stories linked to our plans for the coming weeks. We’ll do our best to keep you fully up to date.