This afternoon, Queens Park Rangers have secured the signing of prolific Burnley striker Charlie Austin. The former Poole Town and Swindon frontman has been at the centre of attention during the transfer window after his move to Premier League new boys Hull City fell through as a result of Austin failing his medical due to a past knee injury.
After the hoops missed out on other strike target Gary Hooper who made a late move to Norwich, manager Harry Redknapp has moved to bolster his attacking options with the signing of the former Burnley striker. The signing of the Englishman follows Redknapp adding free agent Richard Dunne, former Newcastle right back Danny Simpson and former Wolves central midfielder Karl Henry to his squad as he looks to shape it ready for a promotion charge.
With the uncertainty surrounding the future of forward Loic Remy, Redknapp has moved to ensure that he has a striker who is capable in the Championship for the opening day clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Austin moved from his local club Poole Town to Swindon where he scored 31 goals in 54 appearances before he moved to Championship club Burnley where he notched 41 goals in 84 appearances to catch the eye of numerous Premier League clubs before his switch to Loftus Road.
Austin’s championship goals tally is superb and he will be expecting to bag at least 20 goals at a club which still has the majority of its team from its relegation from the Premier League.