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.