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Charlie Austin joins West Brom on a two-year deal from Southampton

Charlie Austin joins West Brom on a two-year contract Credit: PA

West Brom have signed striker Charlie Austin from Southampton for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old has agreed a two-year contract and becomes the seventh new arrival at the Hawthorns this summer, following Filip Krovinovic, Kenneth Zohore, Semi Ajayi, Darnell Furlong, Romaine Sawyers and Grady Diangana through the door.

Austin has a goals record of 70 in 132 Championship games and he could make his debut on Saturday when West Brom host Millwall.

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Southampton's Austin facing FA charge

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Charlie Austin has been charged by the Football Association for allegedly making an "abusive and/or insulting" gesture as he was leaving the pitch during Southampton's defeat to Manchester City.

The incident concerns Austin's conduct as he was substituted for Shane Long in the 68th minute of the 3-1 loss to City at St Mary's on December 30.

The FA said in a short statement on its website: "Southampton's Charlie Austin has been charged following the game against Manchester City on Sunday [30 December 2018].

"It is alleged that Mr Austin's gesture in or around the 68th minute of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting."

Austin, who has scored only twice in the Premier League this season, was booked 10 minutes before his substitution and appeared to be jeered by some supporters as he made his way off the pitch.

The 29-year-old has until 6pm on January 7 to respond to the FA's charge.

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Schmeichel and Okazaki injury doubts for Leicester

Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are injury concerns for Leicester as they prepare to host Southampton. Credit: PA

Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are injury concerns for Leicester as they prepare to host Southampton.

Goalkeeper Schmeichel and striker Okazaki were both forced off with ankle injuries during the defeat at Burnley last weekend and they will be assessed by the club's medical team.

Daniel Amartey has resumed training after his hamstring injury but Thursday's game might come too soon for him to be involved while fellow midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is available again after a ban.

Leicester squad: Schmeichel, Hamer, Jakupovic, Maguire, Morgan, Fuchs, Simpson, Chilwell, Benalouane, Dragovic, Albrighton, Gray, Silva, Choudhury, Ndidi, Vardy, Iheanacho, Diabate, Okazaki.

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