Queens Park Rangers have reportedly joined the race to sign highly-rated Southend United midfielder Dru Yearwood, according to reports from the Basildon Canvey Southend Echo.
The 18-year-old has been impressive for the Shrimpers in League One this term, and his form for Chris Powell’s men has also alerted the interest of Premier League side Crystal Palace, as well as Rangers’ Championship counterparts Middlesbrough and Millwall, the report claims.
The youngster already has over 40 career starts under his belt, and it was only a matter of time before high-profile clubs started to circle around him.
The R’s director of football Les Ferdinand was present at Roots Hall to watch the midfielder last week, in their 4-2 defeat to Barnsley in the second round of the F.A Cup.
Yearwood would be the perfect signing for the R’s, as due to their transfer embargo, they can only sign players that are under 23 years of age.
Steve McClaren’s men sit 11th in the Championship standings and find themselves just six points off the playoff places.
This really doesn’t surprise me.
Yearwood has been a solid performer in midfield for Southend this term, and has already proved himself to be a real talent at only 18 years of age.
QPR would be a perfect move for him – McClaren gives youth a chance and he wouldn’t have to relocate too much either.