Manchester United interested in QPR striker Charlie Austin

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Manchester United are one of the clubs interested in the services of Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin this month and is preparing to make a move for him this month.

The Louis Van Gaal managed Red Devils are short of firepower up-front with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial being the only recognized strikers.

Charlie Austin has previously expressed his desire to stay with the London club and wants to focus on helping the club win back promotion to the Premier League.

On the other hand, he current contract with the Hoops will run-out at the end of the season and could be available for a £5 million if a big is made in January.

Manchester United have struggled in front of goal this season and have only scored 22 goals in 19 Premier League outings. The crisis forced them to recall teenage striker Will Keane who was on loan at Preston.

Austin, who scored 18 goals in 35 Premier League appearances for the relegated QPR last season is also targeted by Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

The 26-year old has the reputation as a prolific goalscorer in Championship and League One during his tenure with Swindon Town, Burnley and QPR.

Austin was called up to the England national squad for the first time in May 2015 for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland and for a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia, but did not feature in these matches.

There are minimal chances for him earning a place in Hodgson’s team for the Euros 2016, as long as he playing in the lower division.