Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a blow in their bid to bring Stefan Johansen to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Lancashire Telegraph, who claim that Blackburn Rovers are extremely interested in a deal for the Fulham central midfielder in the summer transfer window, with Tony Mowbray believed to want something of an overhaul in the position at the club ahead of next season.
It is reported that Rovers wanted Johansen prior to his loan move to QPR back in the January transfer window, although their interest in the 30-year-old is significantly greater this summer.
Mark Warburton and his side are thought to have been working tirelessly on a deal to bring the Norway international back to the club on a permanent basis in the past few weeks, however, Scott Parker’s departure from Fulham, in addition to Blackburn’s interest, is reported to have slowed QPR’s progress over the transfer.
Considering how impressive Johansen was for QPR last season, should Mark Warburton’s side miss out on a deal for the midfielder this summer, either due to Fulham’s new manager wanting to keep hold of him or because of Blackburn’s reported interest, fans of the Rs will undoubtedly be gutted.
Indeed, over his 21 Championship appearances for QPR last term, the £1.8m-rated 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 midfielder Ronny Deila dubbed an “unbelievable” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.00, ranking him as QPR’s sixth-best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, with Warburton hoping to build a side in the summer transfer window that is capable of going on to mount a promotion push next season, the addition of the £8k-per-week Johansen certainly would have boosted the Rs’ chances of going on to achieve this feat.
However, with so much uncertainty surrounding the deal at present, whether or not the Norwegian will be making a return to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer is very much up in the air.