Mark Warburton has dropped an update on the future of Queens Park Rangers defender Rob Dickie.
In comments cited by Football League World, the QPR boss revealed that he was not concerned about losing the centre-back over what remains of the summer transfer window, despite the reported interest from Premier League outfits Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
When questioned whether he was concerned about the interest in the 25-year-old, Warburton said: “No. I’m not saying that to be disrespectful to Rob. Any player can go, but it’s about the price. Do I want him to go? Absolutely not.”
In further remarks, the 58-year-old stated that the closer Tuesday’s transfer deadline gets, the more the Rs’ asking price for the defender increases.
As cited by West London Sport, the manager said: “There will be a point when, towards the end of the window, the value goes up.
“If a player is worth a price and someone comes in with a bid for three times that then the board would look at it because it makes financial sense.
“You have a value of a player. It’s as simple as that. And the nearer you get to the end of the window the value increases appropriately.”
Considering just how impressive Dickie has been for QPR this season, the fact that it appears Warburton is extremely adamant to sanction the sale of the centre-back this summer, unless it is for a fee the club simply cannot refuse, is sure to leave the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his four Championship appearances for the club so far this season, the £2.25m-rated defender has helped his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 1.3 interceptions, 1.3 tackles, three clearances and winning 5.8 duels per game.
The player Ryan Dilks dubbed an “unbelievable” talent has also impressed in an attacking capacity, scoring two goals, in addition to taking an average of 1.5 shots and making 0.3 key passes per match.
These returns have seen the £8k-per-week man average a rather remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.63, ranking him as the Rs’ best performer in the league so far this term, and the third-best player in the entirety of the division.
As such, retaining the services of the 25-year-old beyond Tuesday’s transfer deadline will undoubtedly provide Warburton’s chances of mounting a push for promotion this season with a considerable boost, something that would leave everyone involved with the club over the moon.