Bristol City are targeting an ambitious move for Southampton striker Charlie Austin.

The Robins are desperate to sign a striker before the transfer deadline and are looking into a deal for the 30-year-old, according to a report by Football Insider.

Lee Johnson’s side were keen on Arsenal youngster Eddie Nketiah but it appears that Leeds United are now in pole position to sign him today. Therefore, they have been forced to turn their attentions elsewhere.

Austin has been tipped for a move away from the Saints throughout this transfer window having fallen out-of-favour with the top flight outfit.

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Bristol City have money to spend from the departure of Adam Webster to Brighton and Hove Albion last week so could be an interesting proposition to Austin. However, there could be questions as to whether he would drop into the Championship.

The Berkshire-born forward started his career in non-league with spells at Hungerford Town and Poole Town before he was snapped up by Swindon Town in 2009.

Austin bagged 37 goals in 65 games for the Robins which earned him a move to Burnley. He then scored 45 goals in 90 games for the Turf Moor club.

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He moved to QPR in 2013 and carried on his prolific goal scoring form in London with 48 goals in 89 appearances. Southampton then signed him in 2015 and he has been there since.

Austin is a proven goal scorer in the second tier and would be some coup by Bristol City if they get him today.

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