Sheffield United are poised to complete the signing of QPR midfielder Luke Freeman.
United will pay £4m for the former Arsenal trainee, who was Rangers’ player of the year last season.
The modest fee will disappoint QPR fans but Freeman has not attracted the kind of bids the west London club would have hoped for and the player is keen to move on.
Middlesbrough tried in vain to sign Freeman last summer and he has since extended his contract at Loftus Road.
Freeman is now set to be given the chance to play Premier League football for the promoted Blades.
A move to the top flight will no doubt appeal to Freeman, who admitted that his head was turned by the prospect of joining a promotion-challenging side when Middlesbrough were chasing him last year.
Speaking to West London Sport last October, Freeman said: “It was difficult. I’d be lying if I said my head wasn’t turned, because to some extent it was.
“When you’re a player and there’s the possibility of joining a club that might well be in the Premier League next season, of course that’s something you think about.
“Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t on my mind when that (interest in him) was happening.
“But what I can just as honestly say is that I’m very happy at QPR and always have been. I’ve always loved it there.
“There’s never been a time when I’ve not been happy to be playing for QPR. I’m very happy to be there and have never felt differently.”