According to TEAMtalk, West Brom target Charlie Austin has snubbed a potential move to the Midlands as he looks to fight for a place at Southampton.
With Dwight Gayle returning to parent club Newcastle United after a successful loan and fellow striker Jay Rodriguez departing in order to rejoin former club Burnley, West Brom are now without their two top scorers from last season’s play-off campaign.
The Baggies had launched a bid to sign 30-year-old striker Charlie Austin from Southampton earlier in the week, but the experienced forward has reportedly turned down the chance to join the Midlands side.
Austin has just 12 months left on his current deal at St. Mary’s and after bagging just 20 goals in 76 appearances for the Saints over a three and a half year stay, its unlikely he’ll be offered a new deal on the South coast.
However, the forward is keen to prove he’s still up to the challenge in the Premier League and has turned down the chance to star for West Brom as he hopes to nail down a place in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton side.
Since moving to the Football League in 2009 with Swindon Austin has established himself as one of the EFL’s greatest goalscorers in recent times, bagging 186 goals in 385 games.
After showing just how deadly he can be at Championship level with both Burnley and Queens Park Rangers Austin will remain at the top of West Brom’s shopping list this summer, although for now the chances of a deal going through look unlikely.