QPR boss Mark Warburton has said he is not worried about losing Leeds United, Newcastle United, and Wolves target Rob Dickie before the transfer window closes at the end of the month but admitted that “any player can go it’s about the price”.
The centre-back has been linked with a move to Leeds, Newcastle, and Wolves this summer and served a reminder of his quality against former club Oxford United on Tuesday night.
Dickie was given the captain’s armband and certainly led from the front, producing a resolute defensive display and hammering in a 26th-minute thunderbolt as the R’s won 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the EFL Cup.
The defender has been ever-present in the R’s side this term, commanding the backline and proving a real threat to the opposition goal – scoring four times in six appearances in 2021/22.
His early-season performances are only likely to make speculation intensify ahead of the end of the transfer window and, speaking to the press after the win against Oxford yesterday, Warburton was pressed on whether he was worried about losing the centre-back.
He replied: “No. I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to Rob.
Warburton added: “Any player can go but it’s about the price.
“Do I want him to go? Absolutely not.”
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While Warburton seems confident of keeping Dickie, he’s certainly not closed the door the defender leaving.
You’ve got to credit the R’s boss for being open and honest here because if a significant bid comes in for the defender, the west London club will surely consider it.
That’s good news for the likes of Leeds, Newcastle, and Wolves, who know that a deal is there to be agreed.
It’s just about making an offer that the Championship club feel is enough to let go of the 25-year-old, who has become one of the best defender’s in the second tier.
The next week might be a tense one for fans of the west London club.