Southampton completed the signing of Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers for a transfer fee reported in the region of £4m.
Austin has successfully passed his medical and put pen to paper to sign a four-and-a-half year deal at the St Mary’s Stadium.
“I didn’t realise Southampton was an option until a couple of weeks ago,” said Austin on the club’s official website after completing the deal.
“When a club like Southampton shows interest, it was a real headturner. I didn’t expect to move until the summer, but if we could get it done as quickly as possible I was ready to go. I’m delighted.”
The 26-year old has build up the reputation as a prolific goalscorer in Championship and League One during his tenure with Swindon Town, Burnley and QPR.
Austin has scored 18 goals last season, despite the Rangers going down to the Championship and he continued his good form by scoring 10 goals in 16 matches this season.
Manchester United were also rumored to be among the clubs interested in the player, alongside the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Aston Villa.
His deal with QPR was due to expire at the end of the season, but in December he has expressed his desire to stay with the London club and to help them win promotion to the Premier League.
“It’s no secret that Charlie is out of contract in the summer so this is a decision made in the best financial interests of the club,” said QPR director of football Les Ferdinand.
“Charlie has had a significant impact on this Football Club in his time here and we are hugely grateful to him for his contribution during his spell with us.”
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 those matches.