Queens Park Rangers are close to confirming the signing of Andy Lonergan.
That’s according to a report by The Sun on Sunday (via Football League World), who claim that Mark Warburton’s side have almost completed a deal to bring the 37-year-old goalkeeper to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
It is reported that the former Liverpool shot-stopper will provide backup to the Rs’ first-choice ‘keeper Seny Dieng after the club released Joe Lumley, who has subsequently joined Middlesbrough.
While the argument could be made that the signing of Lonergan will add experience to the goalkeeping department at QPR, there are a number of reasons why bringing in the 37-year-old as Dieng’s number two could be something of a disaster for the club.
In fact, the Preston-born man has made just one appearance in total over this period, which came for Stoke City in a 3-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur in the EFL Cup quarter-finals in December of 2020.
As such, the 37-year-old does not appear to have been anything other than an emergency solution for his most recent teams, meaning that, should Dieng pick up a long-term injury, Warburton may come to learn that he will not be able to trust the ‘keeper for an extended period of time.
Secondly, with Lonergan reported to have been earning a weekly wage of £5k while at Liverpool last season, the shot-stopper could well demand a salary of a similar amount at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium in order to join QPR, a figure that would be more than the £4k-per-week that Dieng takes home.
Finally, with the likes of Joe Walsh – whom Warburton himself claimed has done “exceptionally well” since linking up with the Rs’ first-team – coming through at the club, the signing of Lonergan could well stunt the growth of the youth prospect in west London, by taking his potential game-time away in cup competitions.
As such, Warburton should not make a move for the ‘keeper whom Klopp dubbed a “brilliant character” this summer, as he would not appear to be a valuable member of the first-team playing squad, while also being relatively costly in wages and an obstruction to the club’s young talent.