Transfer Weekly (#6)

Josh Bowler-

After much speculation the R’s have agreed to sell the 18-year-old midfielder to Everton for £1.5m rising to £4.25m. In May Les Ferdinand sat down with Josh and his father in an attempt to convince him to stay, although it was made clear that his preferred destination was Goodison Park.

Tommie Hoban

It is thought that the R’s are edging closer to making Hoban their second signing of the summer. He made 16 appearances last season at relegated club Blackburn Rovers. A number of clubs are supposedly interested in the 23-year-old, including Sheffield United and Bolton. However, the R’s look to be leading the race to sign the Watford centre-half on a one-year loan deal.

George Thomas

20-year-old Coventry City starlet is in high demand after an impressive tournament for Wales  in Toulon. Last season was Thomas’ breakthrough season at the Ricoh Arena. He made 36 appearances, of note was his winning goal in the Checkatrade Trophy final at Wembley, in which Coventry beat Oxford United 2-1, in front of a record breaking 74,434 fans.

After Coventry were relegated to League Two, Thomas’ contract ran out. However, if Rangers are serious about going for the youngster they can expect competition from Swansea, Leicester, Rangers, Newcastle, Derby, Burnley and Brighton.

Kenny McLean

It is reported that QPR have been monitoring the 25-year-old Aberdeen midfielder who made 53 appearances in all competitions last season, notching 5 goals himself and assisting 5. It is thought that £750,000 would be enough to secure McLean, however, Birmingham, Glasgow Rangers and Sunderland are all interested parties alongside the R’s.

Josh Cullen– 

The R’s are thought to be interested in West ham’s young midfielder Josh Cullen after being deemed surplus to requirements at the London stadium. The 21-year-old spent two seasons on loan at League one side Bradford City, making 59 appearances, scoring one goal.

Joe Mason-

It is reported that the R’s and Nottingham Forest are weighing up a move for Wolves front man Joe Mason. The 26-year-old joined Wolves from Cardiff in early 2016 but has not been able to force his way into the side and be a regular at Molineux. Since joining Wolves he has had some injuries issues, making 39 appearances and scoring 7 goals.

In his career he has made 179 appearances in the Championship, scoring 41 goals so he has vast experience, although, the R’s need a goalscorer so whether we go for this move remains speculation at this point.

Callum Hudson-Odoi

It is reported that the R’s and Bristol City are interested in 16-year-old Hudson-Odoi. The 16-year-old is thought to be one of the best players coming through the system in recent years, having attracted attention from some top European clubs such as Juventus and Benfica.

The youngster was a key player in the England under-17s squad that reached the Euro final as well as playing a key role in Chelsea winning the FA Youth Cup. Chelsea recently tied him down to a three-year contract, therefore whatever club Hudson-Odoi ends up at, it will be a long deal rather than any chance of a permanent contract.

It is thought that Chelsea are thinking about sending him on loan to a Championship club. Although it is reported that the final decision will be made by the clubs technical director Michael Emenalo. The R’s could potentially be beaten to this deal as the progress of Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham at Bristol last year could be enough of an incentive to send Hudson-Odoi to Ashton Gate.


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.