Mark Warburton’s Queens Park Rangers side are interested in summer a deal to bring Ryan Porteous to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
That’s according to a report by The Scotsman, who claim that QPR are the latest club to declare their interest in the 22-year-old after Millwall had a £1 million bid rejected for the centre-back in the January transfer window, while several other English sides are thought to be keeping tabs on the defender ahead of the summer market.
However, Hibernian manager Jack Ross recently stated his belief that the player – who he claims has “brilliant” leadership qualities – is in no rush to leave the Scottish Premiership side, casting doubt on a potential QPR move for the £630,000-rated man.
As cited by The Scotsman, Ross said: “I think because of his association with this club and his affection for it I don’t ever think he is in a rush to leave… never for one second in the conversations I have had with him, formally or informally, have I ever got the sense that he is in any desperate rush to leave Hibs.”
So far this season, Porteous has been one of the stars of a highly impressive Hibernian outfit, with the defender helping his side in keeping 10 clean sheets over his 33 Scottish Premiership appearances, as well as making an average of 1.5 interceptions, 1.5 tackles and 4.9 clearances per game, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.99 – ranking him as the club’s seventh-best performer in the Scottish top flight.
And, with Warburton currently only having Rob Dickie, Yoann Barbet and Jordy de Wijs as out and out centre-backs in his QPR squad, it would indeed appear as if the position is one in need of greater depth ahead of the club’s 2021/22 Championship campaign – especially if the 58-year-old intends to keep playing five at the back next season.
As such, a QPR move for the impressive Porteous should be something that is extremely high on the list of Amit Bhatia’s list of priorities for the west London side this summer, should the Rs wish to make a push for the play-offs following their impressive form in the second half of this season.