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Ex-QPR chief urges star striker to join Palace over Newcastle and Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 10:37 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 05 January 2016

QPR's Charlie Austin has a shot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Burnley (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

QPR's Charlie Austin has a shot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Burnley (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

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Neil Warnock has told Charlie Austin that he would be successful if he chose to join Crystal Palace this month.

The English centre-forward has been heavily linked with a move away from Loftus Road in the transfer window after he elected to stay last summer.

The likes of West Ham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Tottenham were interested in signing the 26-year-old before the season started but Crystal Palace are now considered the favourites as manager Alan Pardew looks to strengthen his squad in attack.

Warnock is in a unique position - having managed both clubs and worked with Austin as recently as last month - and the Englishman believes Crystal Palace could be the right move for the striker.

“I have said to him about Palace,” Warnock told TalkSPORT.

“I love Crystal Palace and I love QPR and I have said to him: ‘for me Charlie, the way you play, you will get opportunities at Palace’.

“They need a striker definitely and he would fit the bill. He would score goals.

“It is a little bit of cat and mouse between Charlie and QPR.

“He was a little bit disappointed how it phased out in the last window and I think he is making his point now that he is not going to go anywhere [this month] because of what happened in the last window.”

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