Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers are considering a move for Neil Taylor this summer.
However, there is also reported to be interest in the 32-year-old from abroad, with QPR looking likely to face a battle with both Istanbul Basaksehir and Trabzonspor, as well as Stoke, in order to get a deal for the 43-cap Wales international over the line.
While Taylor – whom Dean Saunders dubbed “lightning-quick” – has become something of a bit-part player for Dean Smith’s side over the past two seasons, making just 22 appearances for the club over the past two years, the £1.62m-rated defender has proven during his time at Villa that he is more than capable of doing a job for a team at the top end of the Championship table.
Taylor featured 29 times for Villa in the 2017/18 season at that level, averaging 0.8 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and 0.6 key passes per game with a SofaScore match rating of 6.79, helping them to secure a fourth-place finish in the league as the reached the play-off final.
The following season, the £39,000-per-week defender once again proved an important part of Smith’s promotion-winning side, registering three assists and helping his side to keep eight clean sheets, as well as averaging 0.6 interceptions, 1.6 tackles and 0.5 key passes per game over his 31 league appearances, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.76.
As such, should Amit Bhatia wish to provide Mark Warburton with the best possible chance of his QPR side mounting a promotion push next season, the addition of a player who has been there and done it before with Villa would appear to be a very wise piece of business by the chairman, particularly on a free transfer.