Date: 18th January 2016 at 10:04am
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Ahead of the game against West Bromwich Albion at the weekend, Southampton announced the signing of striker Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers.

With the striker much sought after last summer and prices quoted around the £12million or more mark for his services, apparently Southampton paid a simple £4million for his services with QPR keen to cash in with him being out of contract over the summer and for that fee he could well be a bargain.

Having scored 18 times for QPR in the Premier League last season despite them being relegated, he also earned his first call up to the England senior side, and the 26 year old has scored 130 times since making the step into the Professional game with Swindon Town back in 2009.

Joining up with the squad for training next week, he is nursing an injury that has kept him out of action since December 15 but in 16 games so far this year, he has scored ten times.

Joining us on a four and a half year deal, Les Reed, Executive Director of Football told saintsfc about the capture.

‘We are very happy to be able to welcome Charlie to the club. Coming after Wednesday`s morale-boosting home victory, this signing is an indicator of our intent to finish the season strongly and continue the progress we`ve made in the last few years. Charlie shares that ambition. He has a fantastic goalscoring pedigree, but remains hungry to improve and develop as a footballer – something that convinced him that Southampton is the ideal next step in his career. Having had a taste of Premier League football and his first call-up to the England squad last season, he is determined to establish himself at the highest level of the game. Bringing Charlie here is a show of the club`s commitment to its plan for future success through investment in talent with a desire to grow and develop.’

Austin himself added.

‘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.’

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