Royals move for Austin

Swindon face fight to keep hold of striker

Austin: Reading interest

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Skysports.com understands Reading have made an offer for Swindon hot-shot Charlie Austin.

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Prolific striker Austin is one of the most sought-after players in this month's transfer window following his goalscoring exploits at the County Ground.

The 21-year-old has netted a stunning 37 goals in 53 games for Swindon since arriving from Poole Town, attracting interest from a number of clubs higher up the pecking order.

Hull City have already seen a bid for Austin rejected this month and now Reading are the latest club to express an interest in the player.

The Royals are looking to bolster their attacking options and they see Austin as the man who could boost their promotion bid.

Swindon are reluctant to lose their prize asset this month, but they could face a battle to keep hold of him with more clubs expected to test their resolve before the transfer window slams shut.