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QPR fail with bid to land League Two starlet



Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers have had a bid for Blackpool’s Bright Osayi-Samuel rejected by the League One side, reports reliable journalist Alan Nixon on Twitter.

The 19-year-old came up through the youth ranks at Bloomfield Road to earn his senior debut for the Tangerines back in March 2015, when he came on as a second half substitute in their 1-0 Championship defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

And the midfielder has since gone from strength to strength with five goals and six assists in 79 games for the Lancashire-based club, with the youngster coming to prominence last season in particular with four goals and three assists for Gary Bowyer’s men to help them secure promotion to League One.

And his rise hasn’t gone unnoticed either, as recent reports from Nixon on Twitter suggest that Ian Holloway’s QPR have launched a bid for Osayi-Samuel, which has subsequently been turned down by Blackpool.

The Hoops have struggled to get players through the door at Loftus Road this summer but have still made a solid start to the Championship season, with two wins and a draw from their first five matches leaving them tenth in the division.

But manager Holloway clearly feels that further reinforcements are needed to deal with the demands of the Championship campaign, and after a fine League Two season late time out, Osayi-Samuel could be the man to bolster those ranks.

However, QPR will have to up their offer if they are to convince Blackpool to part with their midfield starlet.

The Verdict: The transfer market has been somewhat of a struggle for Ian Holloway and Queens Park Rangers this summer, with funds clearly at a premium and the possibility of a Financial Fair Play fine looming large.

And the fact that they are having to delve into the lower leagues further underlines their financial constraints, with the former Blackpool boss trying a raid on his former club for midfield sensation Bright Osayi-Samuel.

However, the 19-year-old has clearly got potential and is already beginning to show his quality, with four goals and three assists in 31 League Two games last term, and is evidently a player Gary Bowyer and the club want to keep as they bid to stay in League One – the midfielder has already grabbed an assist in the early stages of this season.

Only time will tell (two days to be precise) whether QPR do indeed come in with another bid, but what is clear is that Osayi-Samuel is rising to prominence, and further good displays for Blackpool, should he stay there, is only going to continue raising his stock.

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