Reports have emerged claiming that Aston Villa are chasing QPR striker Charlie Austin for January.
The Daily Star Sunday reported that Austin, 26 is out of contract in June and will be available on a free.
But that will not stop desperate Villa, rock-bottom of the Premier League, launching an £8m bid in January.
Boss Remi Garde hopes that will force the Hoops into doing business.
Then he knows the club must produce a package to beat off a number of top-flight rivals also chasing Austin, who has been out with hamstring trouble.