West Ham set for transfer battle for Rangers ace

QPR striker Jamie Mackie is at the centre of a transfer battle between Premier League new boys Southampton and West Ham, reports The Sun.

Both are looking to add the quality necessary to survive in their first season back in the top flight, and Mackie’s form in the Premier League for QPR last season has attracted both clubs to the 26 year old Scot.

The Saints and The Hammers are both considering bidding £1 million for Mackie, who scored 7 goals in 34 appearances for the R’s last year.

Should the bids transpire, a battle will ensue as both clubs look to make Mackie one of many summer signings.

Following the arrival of Andy Johnson from Fulham last month, as well as the January acquisitions of Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse, Jamie Mackie could find himself surplus to requirements at Loftus Road ahead of the coming season, and a move to either promoted team could suit everyone involved.

Grant Holt was originally an attacking target for West Ham, but has since committed to Norwich, whilst Southampton look for a new signing to accompany the prolific Ricky Lambert at the front of the Saints attack.

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