Latest speculation over Austin and Chelsea’s pursuit of defender Stones

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

West Brom will line up QPR striker Charlie Austin if they sell Saido Berahino to Tottenham, according to the Daily Express.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is a fan of Austin but would face competition from Crystal Palace, the Express say.

Palace previously made an approach for Austin, 26, and are said to still be interested.

The Austin situation as it stands:austin
Rangers want £15m
 Leicester had an offer rejected last month
Crystal Palace have shown some interest but not at QPR’s asking price
West London Sport also revealed last month that QPR were considering making Austin an offer of a new deal if he stays, fearing they could lose him on a Bosman free transfer if he sees out the remainder of his contract
Director of football Les Ferdinand later confirmed to West London Sport that the club were considering making Austin another offer
Ferdinand has also denied reports of an approach from Newcastle
Everton have been monitoring Austin since QPR were last in the Championship

Meanwhile, Chelsea will make Everton a fourth and final offer for John Stones, potentially worth £40m, The Guardian reports.

The Daily Telegraph say Ezequiel Garay, who has been touted as a possible alternative signing by Chelsea if they fail to land Stones, would not be allowed to leave Zenit St Petersburg.

And Chelsea will continue to pursue the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba because they believe a deal can be struck ahead of the transfer deadline, The Independent reports.