According to Aksam, Queens Park Rangers want to sign experienced Turkey international Mehmet Topal on a season-long loan from Fenerbahce.
QPR have made a disastrous start to the 2018-19 Championship season, with four straight defeats leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.
Indeed, the R’s lost their opening two fixtures against Preston North End and Sheffield United.
The London club then took a 7-1 thumping at West Bromwich Albion last weekend, before losing 3-0 at home to Bristol City on Tuesday night as the pressure grew on head coach Steve McClaren.
It is not exactly breaking news that McClaren wants to improve his team defensively before the loan window shuts at the end of the month, whilst the club have also taken former Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Sebastien Bassong on trial.
According to Aksam, QPR are also exploring a deal for Fenerbahce star Topal, although it might prove complicated to sign the 32-year-old.
In short, yes. It has been claimed that QPR have already met with Fenerbahce officials with the view to signing Topal on loan for the 2018-19 campaign.
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However, the move does seem unlikely when considering that Topal is still a regular with his Turkish club.
Topal, who is Turkey’s captain, has a contract with Fenerbahce until the summer of 2020, and has already made four appearances in the early stages of the new season.
The 78-time international is a vastly experienced footballer, and the fact that he is able to operate at both centre-back and in defensive midfield makes him an attractive proposition for QPR.
It seems that a lot would have to go QPR’s way in order to complete a deal for Topal, but there is no question that the R’s would receive an incredible boost if they managed to land the former Valencia ace before the end of the month.