Southampton striker Charlie Austin is wanted by several Premier League and Championship clubs this summer, according to The Mirror.
Austin has been part of the Saints fold since 2016 when he joined from Queens Park Rangers.
The 28-year-old has struggled to set the world alight in the Premier League this season, mainly due to injuries.
However, he is Southampton’s leading scorer with six goals from 17 appearances.
According to The Mirror, Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Leicester City are interested in potentially signing the forward this summer.
The newspaper suggests that there will be a scramble for Austin’s signature if Southampton suffer relegation to the Championship.
As it stands, Mark Hughes’s team are two points from safety with seven games left to play.
The coastal club may struggle to convince some players to stay put if they fall into the Championship come May.
The fact that Austin remains the club’s top scorer despite spending three months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury, shows how desperately Southampton need firepower.
Of course, the club should not hinge all their hopes on Austin providing their main goal threat next season, but allowing the former Burnley hitman to leave would send the wrong message.
The Saints need to freshen up their attacking options, but Austin should remain within the pack.
The striker’s future could all depend on whether or not he is willing to play Championship football again.