Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a blow to their hopes of keeping Tom Carroll at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by West London Sport, who claim that the midfielder looks set to reject QPR’s offer of a new deal at the club as he is unhappy with the terms presented by Mark Warburton’s side.
It is reported that talks are continuing between the two parties, although a positive resolution does not look likely to be reached, meaning the 29-year-old looks set to leave the club upon the expiry of his current deal at the end of the month.
Last season, the former England U21 international featured in 22 Championship fixtures for the Rs, registering one assist, creating three big chances and making an average of 0.6 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and 1.1 key passes per game.
However, while Carroll’s returns last season were indeed solid, it is notable that, after the 29-year-old picked up an injury that kept him sidelined for the vast majority of 2021, and the Rs’ subsequently signed Stefan Johansen on loan from Fulham as his replacement, the club’s form dramatically improved – with QPR ranking as the third-best team in the Championship this calendar year.
And, with Warburton’s side currently in negotiations with the Cottagers regarding a permanent deal for Johansen, when considering the Rs were reported to be paying Carroll a whopping £35k-per-week, this is an amount of money that could easily be put towards offering the Norway international a more lucrative deal at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
As such, despite the fact that Warburton clearly wanted to retain the services of a player who Jamie Carragher previously dubbed “outstanding” beyond the summer, if his departure paves the way to Johansen’s switch to the club, it could easily be viewed as something of a blessing in disguise for the 58-year-old and his side.