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Key QPR figure delivers key transfer update as reports regarding Charlie Austin and Alex Pritchard gather pace

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Mark Warburton has refused to rule out summer moves for Charlie Austin and Alex Pritchard, according to The Mirror.

The Queens Park Rangers manager is gearing up for a busy summer as he looks to move the Hoops into play-off contention next time around following a successful campaign this term.

West London Sport revealed earlier this month that Austin was closing in on a permanent move to Loftus Road following the end of his contract with West Brom, while an exclusive report from Football League World revealed that QPR were considering a move for the Huddersfield Town man.

While Warburton didn’t confirm either move, he was quick to praise the duo – something which will no doubt fuel speculation that a move could be on the cards.

Speaking to The Mirror, Warburton said: “There’s a lot of work going on. We’re close on two or three more.

“You like to do your business early but sometimes you have to pay a little bit more to make that happen. I think we’re getting very, very close. I’d like to think those will be in in the next two or three weeks.

“Charlie Austin has got a great history with the club. He came to us in January and scored eight goals for us.

“He’s a big motivator around the dressing room and he’s played at the highest level. He has that affiliation with the club. He got respect immediately.

“He was a great pro, top class.

“As for Alex Pritchard, I know him really well. He’s a very talented player. I see us getting linked with him all the time.

“But don’t forget we’ve got the likes of Ilias Chair, Chris Willock and George Thomas – so we’ve got that type of player in the building already.

“I’ve got enormous respect for Alex. He’s a top lad and a top player but as I say we’ve got players in that position already.”

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The verdict

Queens Park Rangers supporters would be very happy with these two signings.

Charlie Austin is a modern day QPR legend after what he’s achieved in the past, and after impressing during a loan spell last term, there’s no doubt as to why the club could be keen on a move.

Alex Pritchard is well-respected by Mark Warburton and given that he could be available on a free transfer this summer, that means that it could be a shrewd addition for the West London side.

It remains to be seen if either move could come to fruition, but I’m sure that both players would make a big contribution next term.


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