QPR eyeing late swoop for Derby’s Tom Huddlestone or George Thorne

Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren is ready to raid former employers Derby County for the services of either Tom Huddlestone or George Thorne, West London Sport report.

What’s the word?

After a turbulent start to the season has seen QPR already flirting with relegation, Steve McClaren is keen to bolster his side significantly before the loan window shuts later today and one area he wants to improve is midfield.

According to West London Sportthis has seen the former Derby manager express an interest in Rams duo Tom Huddleston and George Thorne – although only one of the pair would be brought in, as QPR are seeking just one midfield addition.

Both players have struggled for first-team opportunities in Frank Lampard’s side for different reasons, with Huddlestone battling back from a groin injury and making his first appearance in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Hull City.

Meanwhile, Thorne is yet to feature for the senior squad but has been a regular fixture in the U23 ranks after making two Premier League 2 appearances.

Who should QPR go for?

Each of the pairing can offer different things for McClaren’s QPR, with 31-year-old Huddlestone having significantly more experience than 25-year-old Thorne but carrying the baggage of injury concern following his recent absences.

Thorne made 20 Championship appearances for Derby last season, failing to score or register an assist, while Huddlestone featured in 46 league games – contributing two goals to his team. Therefore, neither player can be considered a goal threat.

What the pair can provide, however, is the much-needed protection to a frail QPR defence that has conceded 13 goals already so far this term – but Stoke City’s Geoff Cameron may be a better fit due to his versatility.

West London Sport state the 6ft 3in tall 33-year-old is McClaren’s preferred target and the United States international should certainly be QPR’s priority.