Aston Villa not only plan on signing Matt Targett from Southampton this summer but they are also reportedly interested in a move for Charlie Austin.

The Saints are looking to offload Austin as Ralph Hasenhuttl makes the squad his own ahead of his first full season as manager and Villa may offer a chance for him to remain in the Premier League.

According to Football Insider, the newly-promoted club are on the hunt for attacking reinforcements and Austin is on a shortlist of potential targets.

The 28-year-old’s game time this season was limited after Hasenhuttl took charge in December and it looks likely he will depart during the transfer window.

Villa are looking for a new striker with Tammy Abraham admitting he wants a chance to prove himself at Chelsea; Austin has a market value of £8million.

Austin moved to St. Mary’s from Queens Park Rangers in January 2015 and has scored 20 goals in 76 games for Southampton.


Charlie Austin's four seasons at Southampton