QPR are reportedly still hopeful of reaching an agreement with winger Bright Osayi-Samuel, despite the winger turning down a contract with the Hoops according to the Evening Standard.
Osayi-Samuel was left out of the QPR matchday squad for their recent match against Barnsley, in a match that the Hoops were beaten 3-0 by the Tykes at Oakwell.
The winger has made eight appearances in all competitions for the Hoops this term, although they have struggled for positive performances this term, with QPR sat 18th in the Championship table.
But Osayi-Samuel’s contract with QPR is set to expire in the summer of 2021, and it seems as though his long-term future could lie elsewhere.
Scottish giants Celtic have been keen admirers of striking a pre-contract deal to sign the QPR midfielder, although an agreement with Neil Lennon’s side is yet to be reached between both parties.
QPR boss Mark Waburton has recently revealed his reasoning behind leaving Osayi-Samuel out of the squad against Barnsley, and is hoping to reach an agreement with the winger in the future.
“The contractual talks have been ongoing for a while now. He is a great lad Brighty, you know what I think of him, but his head has got to be in the right place for a game of football.
“I just felt tonight it wasn’t right for Brighty and for the team as well, because there is a lot of boys working really hard and it does them good to have a think about things.
“As I say, contractual discussions move along at certain paces, and right now I just wanted Brighty to have a clear head and make the right decision.”
QPR are set to return to action at the weekend, when they take on Cardiff City, in what is likely to be a tricky test for Mark Warburton’s side.
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I think they’re fighting a losing battle here.
Osayi-Samuel has really impressed me with the Hoops in recent seasons, and I think he’s more than capable of playing at a higher level than the Championship.
A move to Celtic will surely be tempting for the winger as well, as they’re playing in European competitions this season under the management of Neil Lennon.
With his contract expiring in the summer, QPR need to try and do everything they can to keep him at the club for future seasons.