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QPR closing in on transfer agreement with Derby County

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Queens Park Rangers are set to recruit Derby County shot-stopper David Marshall on a loan deal, according to talkSPORT’s Alex Crook.

The Scottish international has failed to make a single senior appearance for the Rams so far this season despite their financial difficulties, with manager Wayne Rooney opting to make Ryan Allsop one of his five signings during the summer transfer window.

With this, the 36-year-old has been stuck behind both Kelle Roos and ex-Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Allsop in the pecking order, even with the veteran playing in all three of Scotland’s matches at the European Championships last summer.

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Making 33 appearances in the second tier last season as well, his regular omissions have come as something of a shock and with the Rams still in administration at this stage, he has been touted as a likely departure as the club look to remain financially prudent in such a difficult situation.

Competitor Roos had previously been linked with a move away from Pride Park, with AFC Bournemouth, Fulham and Premier League side Norwich City all previously pursuing his signature according to Football Insider.

However, a potential move is yet to materialise and this has seemingly opened the exit door for Marshall who looks set to join a side needing a goalkeeping reinforcement.

Jordan Archer stepped in last weekend in the absence of usual first-choice goalkeeper Seny Dieng – but an injury to the former has left the R’s desperate to recruit a new shot-stopper and after being linked with the 36-year-old, Ben Hamer, Keiren Westwood and Freddie Woodman – they are now reportedly on the verge of securing their man.

The Verdict:

Many people are baffled as to why he hasn’t been used more at Derby this term, especially in their current situation, and they would certainly have a point because the goalkeeping department was one of the areas they least needed to strengthen.

Luke Plange may have been a revelation for the Rams, but another forward would have been more ideal to add the attacking firepower needed to give themselves the best possible chance of remaining afloat in the division.

Their style of play may have played a part in Rooney’s decision to bring another shot-stopper in – but out of the three he currently has at his disposal – Marshall is arguably the most reliable of all with his experience.

Nonetheless, their loss will be QPR’s gain and his arrival would be perfect, providing that experience in the absence of Dieng but then potentially being satisfied enough to be on the bench when the Senegal international returns from the African Cup of Nations.

This makes this likely deal a good one for all parties and that’s why they should all be pushing for this agreement to be finalised.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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