Chelsea are no longer interested in Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin, leaving Newcastle United to head the list of clubs keen.
Blues boss Jose Mourinho had been heavily interested QPR striker Austin in recent weeks and was keen to sign the Englishman to replace Didier Drogba, who is edging closer and closer to retirement.
However, the Portuguese coach is keen to look elsewhere for a new front-man and has informed Austin’s representatives that a move will not be made.
Austin has been in impressive form this season and has netted 17 Premier League goals for a struggling QPR side, who were relegated at the weekend.
Austin is valued at around £10m, but the new Championship side will be happy to allow him to leave for around £8m as they look to regroup their squad for next season.
Newcastle United are said to be very keen with officials at the club keen to move Papiss Cisse on and bring in the English striker.