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QPR are plotting a move to sign Southampton winger Josh Sims on a permanent deal, as per Football Insider.
The 23-year-old has enjoyed a fruitful spell out on loan at Darren Moore’s Doncaster Rovers so far this season, and Mark Warburton’s QPR are keen on securing a deal for him with his loan stint at Rovers expiring in just over a week’s time.
Sims has provided six assists and scored one goal so far this term for Doncaster.
The winger is out of contract at St Mary’s this summer and the Saints are likely going to want to offload him for some sort of fee this window rather than for free in the summer.
So, what do you make of this from a QPR perspective? Would Sims be a good addition for the R’s? Is he needed?
The team here at FLW take a look….
I like the sound of this potential deal.
With Bright Osayi-Samuel’s future at QPR looking bleak, it’s good to see the club looking at signing a winger during the January transfer window.
Sims has caught the eye with some strong performances out on loan with Doncaster Rovers in League One this season, and strikes me as the sort of player that is more than capable of making the step up to the Championship.
You would imagine that Southampton will be willing to move him on in the near future as well, as he’s not going to be getting anywhere near their starting XI at this moment in time.
Sims has already shown his creative talent with six goals and eight assists to his name in all competitions this season, and he’s a player that ticks all the right boxes for QPR, as he offers pace and trickery going forward.
This would be a quality signing, in my opinion.
Sims has never really managed to nail down a place in the side at Southampton, but he’s benefitted hugely from a couple of loan spells away.
He registered seven assists in 12 League One outings for Doncaster this season, which shows just how much of a threat he can be in the final third, and how he can create chances for his teammates.
QPR are sliding down the table, and they need some sort of creative spark from somewhere. They lost a lot of goal threat in the summer in Ebere Eze and Jordan Hugill, and the addition of Sims would give them a lift.
He needs to find somewhere to settle down and start afresh and it would be a good move for both parties.
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It could be a decent deal for QPR to get done.
With Bright Osayi-Samuel’s future still far from decided, it is possible that the club will need a replacement for the influential winger sooner rather than later, and Sims could be a decent candidate to fill that role.
The Southampton man clearly has plenty of potential to make an impact at a decent, but has as yet not been given the opportunity to prove that, and at 23-year-old, he is reaching the stage of the career where he needs to start doing so.
A move to QPR is something that could give him the chance to do that, and given he would no doubt be determined to prove himself after a challenging period on the south coast, it does seem as though this could be a move that benefits all parties concerned.