QPR looking to agree Leistner pay-off

QPR are looking to pay off Toni Leistner and make room for new signings – and that could see Alfie Mawson arrive at Loftus Road from Fulham.

West London Sport reports that Rangers are looking to reach a financial settlement with Leistner, who has a year remaining on his contract.

Manager Mark Warburton is said to have told the German that he wants to bring in a new, younger centre-back.

Strengthening the centre of his defence has been a priority for Warburton ahead of the new season.

And Fulham’s interest in Ebere Eze could hand Rangers a chance to bring in Mawson before the campaign gets under way on 12 September.

Mawson has struggled for fitness and form since a big-money move to Fulham and his first-team prospects at Craven Cottage currently look slim.

With Fulham having joined West Ham and Crystal Palace in the race to sign R’s star Eze, a part-exchange deal involving Mawson is reportedly being discussed.

It certainly seems a question of when rather than if Eze leaves QPR.

He was left out of the squad for Saturday’s friendly against AFC Wimbledon – and Warburton admitted it was because of the interest clus are showing in Eze.

“There’s interest. That’s not a secret. Everyone knows what’s going on,” Warburton told West London Sport.

“I felt it was best for him not to be involved. It was my decision.

“It was my choice and everyone was in agreement that it was the right thing to do.

“There’s so much going on and he’s a young guy and he’s dealing with the outside interest and pressure exceedingly well. He deserves a lot of credit for that.

“He’s a QPR player and he’ll be with us training on Monday as far as I’m aware.”