West Ham have joined the queue for £15million striker Charlie Austin as relegated QPR look to sell off their prized assets.

The Irons would join Southampton, Chelsea and Newcastle in pursuing the 25-year-old who was with the England senior squad in Slovenia for the 3-2 Euro 2016 qualifier victory, although he never made it to the pitch.

Newcastle will consider themselves front of the queue have been tracking the player and with new manager Steve McClaren keen to net a big early signing.

Southampton may be hampered by sales in the pipeline with money from Morgan Schneiderlin deal key to unlocking any bid.

Chelsea would not be able to offer Austin regular first-team football, which is understood to be Austin’s preference.

West Ham have been pursuing a striker for a while and Loic Remy is another in the sights of new manager Slaven Bilic who is also reportedly interested in Leicester City’s star midfielder Esteban Cambiasso and £6million Marseille winger Dimitri Payet.

The club have also attempted to scotch rumours that big-money, injury-prone striker Andy Carroll will be returning to Newcastle.

Co-chairman David Gold said: “There have been a lot of suggestions that he would like a move ‘home’ but Andy is now very happy and settled in London. He will be here next season.

"He’s our record signing and the best is yet to come from him. It could be a very big season for him and us.”