Queens Park Rangers have made just the one signing so far this month.
After their summer overhaul, QPR are taking it easy in this transfer window – there were 31 ins and outs at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium over the summer months, but Jack Clarke is the sole signing of this winter window.
The 19-year-old joined on-loan from Spurs and made his debut against Leeds at the weekend, the club where Clarke was recalled from after making just one substitute appearance all season.
But there’s two weeks left of the transfer window, and Mark Warburton could be in for one or two more players – here we take a look at two transfer deals that could realistically happen by the end of the week:
Nahki Wells – permanent transfer
The 29-year-old is one of the hottest strikers in the Championship right now – Wigan emerged as surprise candidates to sign him earlier this week, whilst Bristol City threw their hat in the ring last night too.
With 13 goals in the Championship this season, Wells is set to have the best goal-scoring season of his career under Warburton. The Bermudan though has stated on numerous occasions that he’d ‘love to stay at QPR’ beyond this season, but insists that it’s down to the club being able to negotiate with Burnley.
He’s out-of-contract in the summer, by which time he’ll have turned 30. QPR aren’t the kind of club to pay X amount for such a player, but Wells is adored by QPR fans, and they’d love to see him sign whatever the cost – if QPR are to sign anyone this window, expect it to be Wells.
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Rekeem Harper – on-loan from West Brom
It emerged in The Sun on Sunday (January 19th, pg.65) that QPR are one of several clubs in the Championship looking to sign Harper on-loan for the rest of the season.
The 19-year-old has played just once in the Championship this season, and it’s thought that the Baggies are keen to see him go on-loan elsewhere in the division – Leeds United, QPR and Fulham are said to be the front-runners.
It’s a signing that would very much suit Warburton’s mantra this season, which has been heavily focused on the loan-market, taking younger players in and giving them the opportunities to shine.
Harper is a central midfielder player and one that could be of huge use to QPR going into the business end of the season. Numbers will start to dwindle and player tire, the likes of Geoff Cameron aren’t getting any younger, and someone with Harper’s energy would cause a lot of unrest for the opposition.