QPR’s hopes of signing Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen on loan may hinge on whether an affordable wage percentage can be agreed, according to The Athletic.
It emerged earlier this week that the R’s were keen on signing the 30-year-old on a temporary deal, with his opportunities at Craven Cottage having dried up this season after being left out of their 25-man Premier League squad.
A report from The Athletic has provided some more insight into the situation, revealing that manager Mark Warburton is thought to be an admirer of Johansen.
It is understood, however, that the finances of the deal could be pivotal and that the R’s hopes of signing the Norway international may hinge on whether they can negotiate an affordable wage percentage.
According to Sportrac, the 30-year-old’s current salary is £10,000-per-week.
Injuries to Tom Carroll and Luke Amos have left the Championship outfit in need of reinforcements in central areas, while Warburton has indicated they’re hoping to sign two new midfielders this month.
In Johansen, they’d be landing a player with significant Championship experience and someone that has thrived at that level in the past.
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It seems that negotiating affordable terms is going to be pivotal for the R’s as they look to take Johansen on loan from Fulham.
The Craven Cottage outfit will likely want their west London rivals to take as high a percentage of his wage as possible, though they may not want to price them out of a deal completely as any financial relief is a boost in the current circumstances.
The good news for the R’s is that with reported wages of around £10,000 per week, they should be able to stretch to paying a relatively high portion of the Norway international’s salary.
Signing the midfielder on loan looks like a shrewd bit of business, supporters will be hoping they can get the deal done over the next 10 days.