Southampton are in talks to sell out-of-favour striker Charlie Austin to West Bromwich Albion today, according to Sky Sports.

The Saints have been relatively quiet in the transfer market this summer but the signings they have made have been in attacking areas.

With Moussa Djenepo and Che Adams captured to add extra options for Southampton in attacking areas, and Danny Ings a key man for the south coast club, it remains to be seen what role Austin would play in 2019-20.

The report suggests the former QPR centre forward is unhappy after being ordered by Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl to train with the under-23s and as such could seek an exit before the transfer window closes at 5pm.

It also states that West Brom have Bristol City as competition for Austin’s signing as the deadline approaches.

The powerful Southampton centre forward has shown over time that he has all the attributes necessary to score consistently in the Premier League if given a chance.

However, injuries have taken their toll on Austin and he has struggled to make an impact at the St Mary’s Stadium over the last 12 months.

With a potential fringe role at Southampton awaiting him this season, a move to a Championship outfit, where regular first-team football would be guaranteed, seems like a solution for all parties concerned.

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