Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers are set to rival League One side Charlton Athletic in the race to sign Barnet forward John Akinde, reports All Nigeria Soccer.
The 28-year-old moved to Underhill back in 2014 after short stints at Alfreton Town, Portsmouth, and Crawley Town, this all after a three-year stint at second tier side Bristol City, with whom he played 21 games and scored one goal.
However, the striker has gone from strength to strength in the last three years at Barnet, bagging 81 goals in just 142 games for the club, including 26 in their 46 league matches last term to help the Bees to a 15th place finish in League Two.
And his incredible goal-scoring form, which has seen his score in excess of 20 goals in each of the last three seasons, has reportedly attracted the interest of QPR boss Ian Holloway and Charlton chief Karl Robinson.
The Hoops laboured to an 18th place finish in the Championship last season and part of their problems was their lowly tally of just 52 goals scored, which was fewer than the majority of sides that finished above them, as well as a few that finished below.
And that is something that former Blackpool and Crystal Palace chief Holloway will have to address between now and August 31, and although Akinde has not played second tier football since his Bristol City days back in 2011, he could be exactly the sort of player they need to bolster their ranks.
Robinson’s Charlton are also thought to be interested, but with the chance to play Championship football once again, QPR may feel that they are in pole position to land the 28-year-old goal machine.
The Verdict: John Akinde’s goal record in the past few seasons has been sensational, netting 48 goals in the last two League Two campaigns for Barnet, in turn helping them retain their Football League status.
And, unsurprisingly, the Bees hotshot has been attracting interest from those further up the English league pyramid, with both Queens Park Rangers and Charlton seeking to strengthen their attacking options with the addition of the 28-year-old.
Yet Ian Holloway must feel confident given he has Championship football to offer Akinde, and with the Hoops having made a fine start to the new season, things certainly seem to be looking up at Loftus Road.
Only time will tell though whether they can get a deal done for the League Two forward.
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