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Pundit tips Rangers to swoop for EFL player caught up in contract uncertainty

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Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan says Rangers should look to sign QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract agreement in January, amid uncertainty about the winger’s future at QPR.

Osayi-Samuel’s deal with the Championship club expires at the end of this season, and it was reported that the winger had been left out of his side’s trip to Barnsley on Tuesday night after rejecting a new deal with the club.

That did prove to be the case, with Osayi-Samuel not in the matchday squad as QPR lost 3-0 at Oakwell, and manager Mark Warburton appeared to confirm post-match that the winger’s absence was related to his contract situation.

Whelan believes that is a situation that Rangers – who are one of a number of clubs to have been linked with the 22-year-old – should take advantage of, since their status as a foreign club means they can sign the player for free on a pre-contract agreement in January.

Speaking to Football Insider about the possibility of a move for Osayi-Samuel by Rangers, Whelan said: “He would be a great signing for Rangers. He improved massively last season and you can see why top clubs are looking closely at him.

“QPR have been good for him, and he’s been able to play regularly and really develop. But they are a mid-table Championship club and you can’t see them getting promoted.”

Indeed, it seems Whelan believes pre-contract rules could tip things in favour of Rangers or their Auld Firm rivals Celtic in this transfer race, with the ex-Aberdeen man adding: “Rejecting the contract gives Osayi-Samuel plenty of options and puts him in a strong negotiating position.

“The advantage Rangers – and Celtic – have over English clubs is they can sign him on a pre-contract in January. That could be key.”
The Verdict
You can certainly understand the point Whelan is making here.
Osayi-Samuel has emerged as an outstanding player for QPR in recent seasons, and could certainly be an asset for Rangers as they look to compete on several fronts going forward.
Indeed, the fact they could get him for free in January surely makes this appealing for the Ibrox club as well, given the quality it could secure them for next to no cost at a time when so many clubs are struggling financially with the current global situation.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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