Crystal Palace plot summer swoop for QPR striker Charlie Austin 22:30, 27 March 2015 By John Cross The 25-year-old has been prolific for the Hoops - scoring 15 goals this season - despite them being stuck in the relegation zone The 25-year-old has been prolific for the Hoops - scoring 15 goals this season - despite them being stuck in the relegation zone ">+1 Getty please log in to view this image Attracting interest: Charlie Austin is wanted by Crystal Palace Alan Pardew has made QPR hot shot Charlie Austin his No1 transfer target. Crystal Palace boss Pardew wants to strengthen his striker department and sees Austin as the perfect solution. Austin, 25, has been prolific for Queens Park Rangers - scoring 15 goals this season - despite them being stuck in the relegation zone. Former Burnley striker Austin has even been close to an England call-up and seems certain to stay in the Premier League even if QPR go down. Palace have shot up the league since Pardew took over and he will be given money to spend, especially with new investors coming into Selhurst Park. In pictures - Stoke 1-2 Crystal Palace please log in to view this image VIEW GALLERY Austin cost QPR £4m two years ago and they would expect a big profit on their investment. But QPR will have to sell to balance their books if they go down and Palace would be hoping to do a deal for around £6m to £8m this summer.