QPR have been linked with a move for Watford striker Andre Gray this summer, as first reported by Football Insider.
However, the latest update sees that The R’s are not willing to meet Gray’s high wage demands, according to the Daily Express, with Birmingham City and Middlesbrough holding a similar stance too.
The West London club’s interest in Gray suggests that Mark Warburton is looking to bring in more attacking reinforcements before the transfer window slams shut later this month.
Former QPR striker Kevin Gallen also believes that The R’s should sign a packer forward this summer, whilst speaking with West London Sport.
With that in mind, here are three Andre Gray alternatives that QPR could look at before Tuesday’s deadline.
It was rumoured that Southampton’s Michael Obafemi was going to be part of the deal that saw Adam Armstrong depart Blackburn Rovers, however, that never came into fruition. It remains to be seen if the Lancashire club are still keen on a move for the 21-year-old.
Bournemouth are also an interested party in the young forward, as the club try to bolster their attacking options for a season that will ultimately be about getting promoted back to the Premier League.
Obafemi is an energetic, lightning-quick forward, whose attacking intelligence consistently sees him break through the opposing defence’s back-line.
The young striker poses a physical threat too, with his strength allowing him to bring others into play.
Obafemi fits the bill set by Gallen, and he also provides a service that is completely different from what Charlie Austin and Lyndon Dykes offer.
Dion Charles’ rise from the non-league has been likened to Jamie Vardy’s career path, and at 25 years old, the Accrington Stanley forward could still go on to enjoy a very successful career.
Charles is also a player who tends to operate on the shoulder of the last defender, with his pace and clever attacking movement, being the route to the majority of the goals he scored last season.
His confidence in front of goal, combined with his energy and pace, make him an exciting option who deserves a chance in the higher division, and a player who fits the requirements at QPR.
Straying a little bit further away from what the other two offer, Siriki Dembele is a player who offers so much in an attacking sense.
He has shown over the last couple of years for Peterborough that he can get in behind with his electric pace and cause havoc in that way, but his versatility to operate anywhere across the front-line, and in a number 10 role, means that he can act as a more creative spark, or as a clinical figure in front of goal.
Dembele would likely be a costly option, but a player who has so much more to give at Championship level, and perhaps beyond.
He has made a strong start to the new campaign with Posh, but like Charles, several other second-tier clubs are in pursuit.