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Opinion: QPR should consider permanent pursuit of 30-year-old

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Strike while the iron is hot as they say and it has never been quite as searing than immediately after Andre Gray’s outstanding last gasp winner for Queens Park Rangers in their 2-1 win at Derby County.

The 30-year-old is on a season-long loan move from Watford but will likely be available on a free transfer in the summer with his deal coming to an end at Vicarage Road.

Mark Warburton has been able to create a very healthy environment amongst Rangers’ attacking contingent with Charlie Austin, Lyndon Dykes and Gray all battling it out to lead the line.

Gray provides a lot of value in the market, if Rangers are in the second tier next season then they will be competing with clubs who could offer him more wages ,however having spent a lot of his career around London, QPR have a locational advantage.

30 is not particularly old for a striker, it seems to be a position where if players can learn throughout their career and develop a way of operating differently when they lose a yard of pace, they can be just as or even more effective in their early 30s.

There is a nice blend of youth and experience in the current squad in West London, Charlie Austin, 32, is a valued member of it and Gray could continue that trend if Rangers bring him in on a permanent basis.

The chances are with the Hornets looking to offload him in the summer, that with a small transfer fee paid Rangers could even make the deal permanent in January and create room to bring in another loanee. Gray would also provide crucial promotion experience to the table if QPR are not able to achieve it this term, there could be wholesale changes in the summer with Chris Willock, Ilias Chair and Rob Dickie all having realistic ambitions to play in the top-flight.

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Keeping Gray at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium could smoothen that potential transition and stand them in good stead to go again in 2022/23. If QPR start negotiations sooner rather than later they should push themselves to the front of the queue for an unattached Andre Gray this coming summer.


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