Liverpool consider surprise bid for highly-sought England striker

The Sunday Express are reporting that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is contemplating making a surprise bid for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin.

The 25-year-old forward found the net an impressive 18 times for QPR last season, despite the fact that the Rs were ultimately relegated back to the Championship.

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And the Reds are now understood to be interested in Austin, although the Anfield club may sound out the possibility of recruiting their preferred transfer targets first before submitting a concrete bid for the player.

Liverpool have already sealed the transfer of Danny Ings from Burnley – who were relegated along with QPR last season – with a fee for the player yet to have been agreed by the two parties.

Austin is a man in high demand; not only has new Newcastle boss Steve McClaren made him a transfer target, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was also believed to have been impressed with the striker when his side faced QPR in the league last season.