Mark Warburton’s reported Queens Park Rangers transfer target Scott Twine is attracting a great deal of interest ahead of the summer window.
That’s according to a report by The News, who claim that Portsmouth have now entered the race for the Swindon Town attacking midfielder, who is also believed to be a target of QPR, Brentford, Barnsley and Luton Town.
The 21-year-old will be available on a free transfer this summer after he reportedly stalled on signing a new contract with the Robins.
Twine has enjoyed a rather remarkable campaign over the course of the 2020/21 season, with the midfielder boasting the unusual feat of highly impressing in two different leagues.
The midfielder spent the first half of the season on loan at Newport County, where, over 19 League Two appearances for Michael Flynn’s side, he scored six goals, provided seven assists and creating a whopping 12 big chances for his teammates, in addition to making an average of 1.9 key passes and taking 3.6 shots per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 7.42 – ranking him as the club’s best performer in the fourth tier.
The 21-year-old then returned to Swindon in January and went on to make 25 appearances in League One, over which he scored seven goals, registered three assists and created two big chances, as well as making an average of 0.7 key passes and taking 3.2 shots per game, seeing him average a SofaScore match rating of 7.06 – ranking him as Tommy Wright’s best performer in the third tier.
Considering how easy it appeared for the midfielder to make the step up in divisions between League Two and League One, we would not bet against him doing so once again if presented with the chance of playing Championship football next season.
As such, it would appear highly advisable for Amit Bhatia to do all he can to convince Twine of a move to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer, as the midfielder dubbed “something special” by the former Swindon boss Phil Brown does indeed seem to be a player with an enormous amount of potential.
And, considering he will be available for nothing this summer, a move would be somewhat risk-free for the Rs, who will be looking to improve on their ninth-place finish in the Championship this season with a push for promotion next term – something that Twine could well be a big part of.