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QPR linked with Welsh international defender



Queens Park Rangers are being touted with a move for Charlton Athletic and Wales defender Tom Lockyer, reports journalist Sean Gallagher.

Lockyer, 25, joined Charlton ahead of the last season. He left Bristol Rovers where he’d spent seven seasons as a player, and would become a hugely important player for the Addicks last time round.

Throughout his first Championship season, Lockyer featured 43 times in the league for Charlton and scored once. What’s more is that the 25-year-old is an active Welsh international – he has ten senior caps to his name.

QPR have been in the market for a centre back since Grant Hall’s departure, and subsequent move to Middlesbrough this summer. The club is also expecting to lose Toni Leistner, leaving only Conor Masterson and Yoann Barbet in the middle.

They were strongly linked with Northampton Town’s Charlie Goode before he opted for Brentford, with Oxford United’s Rob Dickie also considered.

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Lockyer though could be a good alternative, but Lee Bowyer and Charlton would likely hold out for a larger sum given their relegation, and ongoing boardroom battles leaving their own future uncertain.

The verdict

Although Charlton were poor last season, relegated on merit, they had a few players who impressed. Defensively, the likes of Lockyer and Dillon Phillips emerged as two players worthy of retaining their Championship status.

Lockyer would be a fine addition to QPR. He’s a real leader and an experienced one at that, and that leadership at the back is something QPR need after Hall’s exit – this move would go down well with fans.

Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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