Southampton have completed the signing of QPR striker Charlie Austin for a fee believed to be in the region of £4m.
Austin passed his medical and will sign a four and a half year contract at St Marys. Austin gives Ronald Koeman’s side Premier League pedigree and fire power upfront; last year he scored 18 goals last season.
Saints manager Koeman, hinted that he would dip into the transfer window because of striker Jay Rodriguez’s injury circumstances.
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Koeman said last month: “I’m not a manager in panic because we are 12th in the table. I don’t do business like this.
Rodriguez was due to return from his unfortunate injury this month, however it seems that the timescale originally planned was revise.
“He [Rodriguez] will come back, but maybe it takes two or three weeks more,” added Koeman.
Austin’s contract was up in the summer, and had been previously linked with a host of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea. However he will now ply his trade at St Marys and he was delighted to sign for the Saints.
Austin said: “I’m delighted to have got it over the line so soon into January. I can’t wait to get started now.
“As soon as Southampton showed an interest that was the one club I wanted to go to. You see the progression from when I was playing against Southampton for Swindon. For me, it was important to come to a club that’s on the up and that’s what I’ve got here.”