Queens Park Rangers are in continuing talks over a deal to bring Stefan Johansen to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by talkSPORT, who claim that Mark Warburton’s side are in round-the-clock negotiations with Fulham regarding a permanent deal for the 30-year-old midfielder following his successful loan spell at the club last season.
It is reported that a deal for the £1.8m-rated Norway international is one of the club’s main priorities in the summer transfer window and that talks with Fulham have been positive, although no imminent announcement is expected.
Considering just how impressive Johansen was for QPR after joining the club on loan back in January, the news that the Rs are working tirelessly to secure the central midfielder’s return to the club on a permanent basis this summer is sure to have fans buzzing.
Indeed, over his 21 Championship appearances for Warburton’s side last term, the £8k-per-week man scored four goals, registered two assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.8 interceptions, 1.1 tackles and 1.6 key passes per game.
These returns saw the former Celtic star – whom Ronny Deila dubbed an “unbelievable” player – earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.00, ranking him as the Rs’ sixth-best performer in the second tier.
As such, when taking into account QPR’s remarkable form since the turn of the year, winning 15, drawing two and losing seven of their 24 league fixtures in 2021, the return of the midfielder this summer would appear to significantly boost the chances of the club mounting a push for a top-six finish next season.
And, considering the fact that Warburton’s side have already tied up deals for Charlie Austin, Jordy de Wijs and Sam Field, the further addition of Johansen would truly be a fantastic start to the club’s transfer business this summer, as well as issuing a real statement of intent to their fellow Championship sides ahead of next term.