Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a huge blow in their bid to bring Chuks Aneke to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
In a recent interview with the South London Press (via London News Online), Charlton Athletic manager Nigel Adkins claimed that all of the Addicks’ out of contract players, including Aneke, wish to extend their stay at The Valley this summer.
The 56-year-old then revealed that the club’s director of football, Steve Gallen, is currently in talks with Charlton’s out of contract players regarding their potential new deals with the club.
It had previously been reported that Queens Park Rangers, along with a host of other Championship sides, including Middlesbrough, Reading, Coventry City and Bristol City, were keen on a deal for the forward this summer, should he have become a free agent.
However, if Adkins to be believed, this now looks unlikely, with the Charlton manager stating: “We released three [players] and the others I wanted to stay at the football club. They and their agents are in negotiation with Steve Gallen, who is representing our football club in those negotiations and our budget.
“All the players who are out of contract have a right to see what else is out there. They have all said to me they want to stay, which is a big thing.
“But the business side of it has got to be done in terms of concluding their contracts. All I can do is tell them I want them to stay – that they have got a place to be if they want to be here.”
Considering just how impressive Aneke was for Charlton last season, the fact the striker looks likely to remain at The Valley beyond the summer is sure to leave QPR fans gutted.
Indeed, over his 38 League One appearances last term, the £5.4k-per-week man scored 15 goals, registered two assists and created three big chances for his teammates, as well as winning an average of 4.9 duels and taking 2.3 shots per game.
These returns saw the 27-year-old earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.03, ranking him as Charlton’s fifth-best performer in the league – something that is even more impressive considering he only started 11 of his 38 league fixtures in 2020/21.
As such, with Mark Warburton looking to build a team capable of continuing QPR’s highly impressive form in the second half of last season – with the Rs ranking third in the Championship table in 2021 – and mounting a push for the play-offs next time around, the addition of the man whom Lee Bowyer dubbed an “immense” talent would certainly not appear to have harmed the club’s chances of going on to achieve this feat.
However, if Adkins is indeed correct with his suggestion that Aneke would like to stay on at The Valley, the 58-year-old QPR boss will have to turn his attention in the transfer market elsewhere.