Forward Thinking

With the 2015/16 football season edging ever nearer Queens Park Rangers find themselves short in key areas just days before the season starts. It has to be questioned just what the club was thinking when we decided to loan out Steven Caulker to Southampton. A deal that makes little sense because it’s left us even shorter of options in defence. On the other hand it may be argued that it cuts the wage bill and the club does receive a small fee for it (£1.5m). Having signed James Perch on Sunday morning this signalled a real intent from the QPR board that they wanted to strengthen at the back, with the former Wigan man being ideal as he can play at right back and centre back as well as being able to sit infront of the back four. I have little doubt that James Perch will be a fantastic player for our football club and will help to bring some stability. However we’re still short in several positions. The signing of Paul Konchesky drew mixed feelings among QPR fans, a vastly experienced left back (also John Terry’s best man). I think that Konchesky is a decent signing for a club like us, although short of pace now at the age of 34 he still has the bite that we require. This morning the R’s signed Grant Hall from Spurs. The 23 year old impressed me during Sundays friendly to Serie A side Atalanta and looks confident in playing from the back. However there is still work to be done so I have identified a list of options that I think would be suitable for the club and would work around our shoe string budget.

Goalkeeper- Dan Bentley:

2015/08/img_7682.jpg Having lost one young prospect in Alex McCarthy to Crystal Palace for a measly £3.5m, Bentley would be an ideal replacement. QPR have already had a couple of bids knocked back from Southend but remain keen to get their man. QPR will have to pay in the region of £2m if they want Bentley’s signature.

Right Back- Danny Simpson:

2015/08/img_7680.jpg One that I’m certain QPR fans wouldn’t mind seeing back in a hooped shirt. Simmo made 34 appearances for the club in our play off winning campaign before being sold to Leicester the following season for a fee in the region of £2m. Simpson now finds himself out of favour at Leicester and could be on the move.

Centre Back- Tim Ream:

2015/08/img_7681.jpg Rangers had a £1m bid knocked back for the versatile American on Tuesday. Ream can play anywhere across the back four and is vastly experienced having made 112 appearances for Bolton, meaning that he knows the Championship well.

Left Winger- Jesse Lingard:

2015/08/img_7683.jpg Not really a position that we need to be strengthening but the 22 year old Manchester United winger is set to leave the club with United willing to accept a bid in the region of £2.5m. Lingard has been on loan at several championship clubs, proving his quality whilst doing so. With bags of pace and bags of ability Rangers should definitely look at signing the England U21 international.

Striker- Dwight Gayle:

2015/08/img_7684.jpg Having signed Connor Wickham, Gayle has fallen down the pecking order at Crystal Palace. Gayle was signed by Palace for a then club record of £4.5m in 2013. Gayle has showed glimpses of quality for Palace, scoring 12 goals in 48 games but has failed to cement a place in their starting line up. At 25 years old Gayle is just the type of striker that QPR are looking for, young and hungry and knows where the goal is. No doubt Gayle is capable of scoring 15-20 goals in the Championship. Gayle would be an ideal replacement for Charlie Austin and QPR’s interest has been reported along with Middlesbrough and Bournemouth’s. However Palace are looking for a fee in the region of £10m. QPR would have to sell to gain the funds to buy Gayle. With the end of the transfer coming around the corner so I hope to see a few more deals completed before the window slams shut. Tony, if you’re reading this you know what to do! Roll on Charlton away, come on you Rs!

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