Hull City up ante with take it or leave it Austin offer

Charlie Austin celebrates scoring one of his 28 goals last season at Vicarage Road against Watford

Charlie Austin celebrates scoring one of his 28 goals last season at Vicarage Road against Watford

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Burnley are waiting for a reported improved, final offer for striker Charlie Austin from Hull City.

Sources in Hull suggested the Tigers had launched a take-it-or-leave-it bid for the 28-goal hitman, who turns 24 tomorrow.

Late on Wednesday night, Hull were believed to have upped their initial, unsuccessful, bid of in the region of £3.5m to in excess of £4m for the forward - though if they had, Burnley were seemingly unaware this morning.

City, promoted back to the Premier League last season as Championship runners-up behind Cardiff City, returned to pre-season training today, and are hopeful of finally resolving the long-running transfer saga over the next day or so.

At the start of the week, there were premature reports claiming Burnley had agreed a fee with Hull, quickly knocked down by joint-chairman John Banaszkiewicz, who said: “There are a number of clubs interested in Charlie, but we’ve not agreed anything with anyone at this stage.

“There is nothing finalised at our side. We have had communication with a number of clubs, but we’re still some way away from agreeing anything.”

And he also revealed a bid to keep him at the club, as he enters the final year of his contract: “We’re trying our best to keep him and have offered a very good contract.”