QPR set for transfer U-turn as deadline approaches

Matt Smith could be set to stay on loan at QPR from Manchester City after all.

West London Sport yesterday broke news that Josh Scowen was set to join Sunderland and that the R’s would now reconsider a plan to end midfielder Smith’s season-long loan at Loftus Road.

Scowen has since completed the move to Wearside for an undisclosed fee after falling down the QPR pecking order.

West London Sport suggest that with a midfielder having left and a loan been freed up by striker Nahki Wells being recalled by Burnley, the west London club could now opt to keep Smith.

Wales international Smith and on-loan Brighton forward Jan Mlakar were expected to depart but Scowen and Wells leaving has changed the picture somewhat.

QPR want to sign Wells on a permanent basis but financial restrictions make a deal potentially difficult.

Rangers chief executive Lee Hoos told the club website: “Burnley have recalled Nahki which is their right.

“I wouldn’t normally make any comments regarding potential transfer targets but in this instance it is important our supporters know we are keen to sign Nahki on a permanent basis.

“Our current valuations on the player are far apart and we cannot agree to a deal which will leave us in breach of FFP.

“We are working hard for a positive conclusion but we must ensure any agreement is financially viable for QPR.”




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