Transfer Weekly (#5)

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Josh Scowen:

24-year-old Josh Scowen who featured last week has now reportedly agreed personal terms with the club. It appears that the R’s have beat the likes of Huddersfield Town, Nottingham Forest, Preston and Bristol to the combative midfielders signature.

Ben Gladwin:

25-year-old Ben Gladwin has become Bradley Duck’s fourth signing of the summer for Blackburn, following their relegation to League One last season. The midfielder has signed a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee. In a two year spell at the Rs Gladwin only managed to play 17 games, being loaned out on four occasions. This move should see him kick on and hopefully get more first team football.

Michael Doughty:

After a decade at the Rs Michael Doughty has joined Peterborough United for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal. The 24-year-old rose through QPR’s youth system but found regular playing time hard to come by, featuring just 16 times, having spent most of his professional career elsewhere on loan. From what I have seen Doughty is a decent player. This move will hopefully bring more first team football at Peterborough and the chance to establish himself in a starting XI.

Andy Yiadom:

QPR have been linked to 25-year-old right back Andy Yiadom of Barnsley. The Ghanaian international has one more year left on his contract. Although, it is understood that he has rejected the chance to extend his contract after a great season personally and the interest from a number of clubs. The Rs are battling with Reading as well as Swansea, who are thought to be leading the race to secure Yiadom’s signature.

Dylan Saint-Louis:

It is reported that the Rs are keen on signing 22-year-old Saint-Etienne front man Dylan Saint-Louis. He scored six goals in 28 appearances during a loan spell with Ligue 2 club Stade Laval last season. The young forward is reportedly attracting interest from Birmingham City and Norwich City. Although, it was reported that Rangers were leading the race to sign him.

It is thought that around half a million pounds would be enough to secure the striker. The lack of goals in a league considered weaker than the Championship may have some questioning Saint-Louis. Although, considering youth is on his side his best days are ahead of him and spending roughly £500,000 is relatively cheap.

Jake Bidwell & Massimo Luongo:

It was reported that Nottingham Forest were keen to sign Rangers pair Massimo Luongo and Jake Bidwell following Evangelos Marinakis’s £50 million takeover at the City Ground. Although, over the past week this rumour has gone much quieter, suggesting the two players will still be in the blue and white hoops come the start of the season.

 

Transfer Weekly (#2)

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Alex Smithies:

We will soon discover whether we will have to pay £57.9 million for breaching financial fair play regulations. If we do it is looking increasingly likely that outgoings will have to fund incoming players. Unfortunately the Rangers no.1 and player of the season Alex Smithies could be set for a return to hometown club Huddersfield Town. Shay Given has said that he would be open to playing for one more year whether in the Premiership or Championship. We may very well see a battle between Given and Ingram for the no.1 spot next season.

 

Josh Bowler:

It is understood that 18 year old Bowler has rejected a new contract from QPR. After Everton had an initial bid of £1.5 million rising to £3 million rejected, this is likely to give them fresh impetus and bolster Ronald Koeman’s pursuit of the youngerster.

 

Jake Bidwell:

The 24 year old joined Rangers from local rivals Brentford last summer on a three year deal. He went on to be a mainstay at left back, making 36 appearances for the Hoops. Mark Warburton, having recently made the switch to from the Bees to Nottingham Forrest, is reportedly keen to reunite with Bidwell. A player who was part of Warburton’s Brentford side who reached the play-off semi-finals in 2015, although falling short to Middlesbrough.

 

Conor Washington:

The R’s number 9 was brought in last summer for £2.5 million as a replacement for Charlie Austin. The 25-year-old scored nine goals in 45 appearances for the R’s last season. Although it has been reported that Conor is a target of new Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp, who is looking to inject some pace into the Blue’s front line.

 

Yeni N’Gbakoto:

The Democratic Republic of Congo international signed a 3 year deal from Metz last summer. This season he made 26 appearances, scoring 4 goals, notably our goal of the season in the 4-1 win away to Birmingham. After a bright start the 25 year old had to deal with a family bereavement, a long term injury and a lack of playing time. Subsequently, Yeni is rumoured to be unsettled in the capital.

Last summer Yeni choose Rangers over Toulouse and a number of other top flight clubs in France. Although it is thought that Toulouse are interested in giving the wide man a return to France this summer. A move that Yeni’s agent this week has refused to rule out.

 

Benjamin Kololli:

Kololli is 25-years-old and a Kosovan international defender. He currently plays in Switzerland’s top flight for FC Lausanne. This season he scored 8 goals and is apparently comfortable anywhere on the right hand flank. Whilst it is thought that this signing would cost the R’s under a million, we would face much competition on this one. Benjamin is attracting interest from top flights clubs in Switzerland such as FC Basel, as well as from clubs in the Championship, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

 

Tommie Hoban:

Rangers have been linked with 23 year old Watford defender who made 16 appearances on loan to relegated Blackburn Rovers last season. Hoban spent a long period of his loan out with injury. Whilst Hoban has ambitions to make it at Watford, another loan spell and further experience in the Championship is perhaps ideal as competition is at Watford is rife.