West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City are set to do battle on transfer deadline day to land Southampton striker Charlie Austin, according to Sky Sports (Live Blog, August 8, 08:39).
Austin lost his way under Ralph Hasenhuttl last season. He scored just three times in 27 outings in all competitions and played just 21 minutes during the last eight games.
There is little doubting his natural goalscoring instinct, however.
The 30-year-old has scored 66 goals in 129 Championship appearances during his career, excelling at the likes of Burnley and Queens Park Rangers.
At second-tier level, he would represent a real coup.
West Bromwich Albion perhaps hold the upper hand in the deal given their financial clout.
Slaven Bilic is keen to add some firepower to his ranks with the club unable to rely on Dwight Gayle this season following his return to Newcastle.
Bristol City are expected to compete with West Brom for promotion to the Premier League this season and the signing of Austin could be pivotal to those ambitions.
Austin has zero future at St Mary’s but at this stage, it is unsure whether his departure will be on loan or permanent.
The striker earns £70,000-a-week at Southampton, according to Spotrac. On that basis, a loan does seem more feasible for the Championship duo.