Speculation continues over Austin with Newcastle still reported to be keen

A round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea…

Speculation continues over the future of Charlie Austin, with the north-east media continuing to insist that Newcastle are pursuing a deal to sign the QPR striker.

The likes of Tottenham, who have shown no interest, have also been linked with Austin, as have West Ham and Everton.

Only Leicester, who had an offer rejected, have so far made contact with Rangers over the 26-year-old.

But the Northern Echo say Austin has been Newcastle’s top transfer target and that the Magpies have made ‘a succession of inquires’ without being able to agree a fee.

It comes after QPR director of football Les Ferdinand yesterday reiterated to the Evening Standard that the club want £15m for Austin, only Leicester have made an approach, and that Rangers plan to make him another contract offer if he does not leave during this transfer window.

Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Nathaniel Chalobah is reportedly in line for a return to Reading on loan.

The England Under-21 international spent the second half of last season on loan with the Championship club, playing under former Chelsea man Steve Clarke.

And ESPN believe Royals boss Clarke is set to re-sign Chalobah, 20, in what would be the player’s sixth loan move.

Chalobah is yet to make a first-team appearance for Chelsea
Chalobah is yet to make a first-team appearance for Chelsea

Yesterday, Italian media reports suggested Chelsea duo Kurt Zouma and Ramires are wanted by Roma and Juventus respectively.

Walter Sabatini, Roma’s sporting director, is reported to have held talks with the Blues about a potential loan deal for Zouma.

And Juve are said to have targeted Ramires because midfielders Sami Khedira and Kwadwo Asamoah are out injured.

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