Darren Bent has urged Leeds United to sign Southampton striker Charlie Austin to fill their hole up front.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England striker is convinced the newly available forward would be an outstanding recruit before the window shuts.

As revealed by Football Insider, Southampton are willing to cash in on the 29-year-old forward this summer as Ralph Hasenhuttl looks to shake up his squad with a firesale of senior players.

Leeds are likely to be in the market for a striker in the final week of the window as Kemar Roofe is putting the finishing touches to a move to Anderlecht set to be completed this weekend.

“Leeds need a new centre-forward, and someone like Charlie Austin would be ideal,” Bent told Football Insider. “He knows the Championship well, he’s scored a lot of goals in that division and, if you keep him fit, he’ll be prolific. 

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“He’d be a brilliant signing for Leeds. It’s feasible. Why not? Southampton are willing to let him go and it might be best for him to drop down a division like I did.

“As a striker, there’s no better feeling than hitting the net. There’s no worse feeling than not playing. It’s not like Leeds are a small club. They’re massive. If Austin can help get them promoted, he’d gone down in history as a Leeds legend.”

The former Burnley, QPR and Swindon Town forward has scored prolifically at Premier League, Championship and League One level during his career.

In the Championship Austin has played 129 matches and scored 66 goals, while in the Premier League he has netted 34 times in 106 appearances.

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