Queens Park Rangers announced their first signing of the window today, with Tottenham Hotspurs’ Jack Clarke joining on-loan for the rest of the season.
It’s been a while coming, but Clarke is finally a QPR player. The 19-year-old will spend the rest of the season at QPR after a torrid first-half of the campaign at Leeds, and he’s due to face his former club on Saturday.
Mark Warburton’s side have been linked with a number of players this month, but Clarke is the only one that’s come close to fruition. There’s still two weeks of the window left though, and anything could happen.
Here we take a look at how QPR could line-up at the start of next month if all their transfer rumours come true:
The first name that QPR were linked with, and this goes back to the start of the season, is Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna. The 23-year-old has been garnering interest up in Scotland for his commanding, physical displays in the heart of the Aberdeen defence.
Interest first came to light in the summer but reheated again last month – nothing more has been heard of the move, but he remains a keen target of QPR’s and a player they could surely do with.
Another name that QPR have been linked to is Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland. The R’s are looking to the Highlands for their players this season and what a player Shankland appears to be – 22 goals in 19 Scottish Championship games for Dundee United has his side sitting top of the table.
He’s another name that’s been linked with the Londoners throughout the season, and interest has re-circulated as recent as today.
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Clarke though remains QPR’s sole signing of the window so far. There’s already a lot of attacking quality in QPR’s side and it’s hard to see Clarke holding down a regular spot. Though squad rotation will give him his chance, and expect to see him on the right flank.
QPR will likely be in the market for a defender before the window’s close, but anything can happen, and it’ll be interesting to see how they line-up next month.