Queens Park Rangers defender Rob Dickie is the subject of transfer interest from Premier League outfits Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leeds United, according to Football Insider.
The 25-year-old has had a flying start to the 2021-22 campaign, scoring in both Championship matches for the Hoops whilst also netting in their Carabao Cup encounter against Leyton Orient.
And his general performances have seemingly caught the watchful eye of top flight clubs who are looking to strengthen their back-line ahead of the August 31 transfer deadline.
Dickie came through Reading’s academy but played just one league game for the Royals before being snapped up by Oxford United in January 2018, which is where he spent two-and-a-half years and in his final season with the club he was named Player of the Year by U’s supporters.
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The 6ft 4in centre-back is now seemingly hot property after playing 43 times in the second tier for the R’s last season, with the centre of defence an area that both Wolves and Leeds looked particularly vulnerable in on the opening weekend of the Premier League season.
Mark Warburton though is confident of keeping Dickie beyond the transfer deadline and has insisted that it would take a big fee for QPR to even consider letting him leave.
It’s no surprise to see Dickie finally come up on the radar of top flight clubs, especially after his performances to start the new campaign.
Dickie may have been a good fit at Burnley before they went for Nathan Collins as James Tarkowski’s long-term successor, whilst I could also see the 25-year-old being a pretty good Jannik Vestergaard replacement at Southampton.
Leeds and Wolves aren’t two clubs that would have jumped off the page as potential destinations for Dickie this summer, but as we saw against Manchester United the Yorkshire side were very susceptible at the back whilst Wolves could do with a fresher face than Romain Saiss.
It’s still very hard to see QPR cashing in on Dickie this summer – they already sold a star player this time last year in Ebere Eze so it’s doubtful that the club really need the money despite coming off the back of a full season without paying fans inside Loftus Road, and they will have a better chance of promotion if they keep the defender rather than selling him.