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QPR: Hoops targeting Regan Poole

Queens Park Rangers‘ focus right now is on finding a manager to replace Michael Beale at Loftus Road but it seems as if they are still considering some players ahead of the January transfer window.

According to Football League World, Lincoln City defender Regan Poole is attracting a lot of interest from Championship clubs including QPR ahead of next month’s transfer window.

The 24-year-old has been a regular at Sincil Bank since joining the Imps from MK Dons in 2021, making 101 appearances in all competitions in a number of positions across the backline.

Kennedy was full of praise for the Welshman after he reached a century of appearances for Lincoln, saying:

“It is a phenomenal achievement and one we have seen TJ Eyoma reach recently too. The lads should be very proud of themselves.

“I keep saying we have got the youngest squad in the league, and within that we look at Regan as one of our leaders, yet he is only 24. For him to get to that level already means he deserves a huge amount of credit and all the plaudits which are coming his way.

“He is a high-end guy in terms of his characteristics as a person, and is somebody we are privileged to have at our club.”

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Poole, who has represented Wales U21s on 23 occasions, can play as a right-back, defensive midfielder and a centre-back but has prospered in the heart of Lincoln’s defence over the past two campaigns.

After helping Lincoln to the playoff final in his first season with the club, the former Manchester United man was a mainstay in Michael Appleton’s side last season, making 44 appearances in League One, averaging a solid 6.73 rating from WhoScored for his performances.

He is impressing once again under Mark Kennedy in the current campaign, averaging a 6.86 rating across his 18 appearances in the third tier, which would rank him as the seventh-best performer had he produced the same level of performance with QPR.

Should he arrive at Loftus Road in January, he could emulate Rob Dickie, who made the move from League One to QPR in 2020 before earning the supporter’s player of the season in his debut campaign after some superb displays for the Hoops.

Poole and Dickie are both centre-backs who excel with the ball at their feet, as WhoScored suggests that both players’ strengths include passing, while they have both averaged the exact same number of aerials won per game (3.1) so far this campaign.

Therefore, they are clearly similar types of centre-back and considering Dickie’s success at Loftus Road since arriving from Oxford United, QPR’s new manager would surely be foolish to turn down any opportunity to sign Poole in January.