Southampton are lining-up a move for Queens Park Rangers winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, according to Football Insider.
The 22-year-old has become an integral part of Mark Warburton’s side. He started the season in and out of the team but after some impressive substitute appearances, the former Bees boss soon realised his quality.
He’s started the last six in all competitions for QPR, scoring three in that time.
Southampton have been linked with several QPR players this season – Ryan Manning was a target of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s earlier in the season, and so too was Ebere Eze.
Those rumours have since calmed down though, and now they’ve turned their attentions to Osayi-Samuel.
He joined QPR in September 2017 from Blackpool. He was in his fourth season with the Seasiders and had established himself as a pacey, powerful winger who could score goals.
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It took him a while to get going in blue and white, but like so many others, this season under Warburton has been his breakthrough – Osayi-Samuel is one several youngsters at QPR who’ve impressed this season, along with the likes of Eze, Manning and Ilias Chair.
This rumour will frighten QPR fans – they’re only just starting to see the best of the winger and now Southampton are set to swoop in for him, and spoil the QPR party. He’s started to outshine Eze too, who’s been the talk of West London all season.
Osayi-Samuel has gone about his business quietly at QPR. He kept his head down and worked his way into the team, and his tremendous solo goal at Birmingham last month asserted his growing importance to that QPR team.
He’s out of contract in the summer. Both he and Manning have been ‘in talks’ to sign new deals throughout the season but with those talks stalling on more than one occasion, it’s looking likely that QPR might be forced to sell up this month, rather than releasing him for nothing in the summer.
It’s new that won’t go down well at QPR, but Osayi-Samuel may well opt to stay at the club. He’s a key part of something exciting at QPR and under Warburton, they could be real contenders for promotion next season.