According to Football Insider, Rangers have made an attempt to sign QPR’s Bright Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract.
The 22-year-old has entered into the final year of his contract at Loftus Road, and his long-term future is still very much uncertain.
A £5m move to Belgian side Brugge collapsed earlier in this summer transfer window, and now, Football Insider claim that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers are preparing a package to lure Osayi-Samuel ahead of January.
The report reveals that the Gers are “keen to tie Osayi-Samuel down to a pre-contract in January that would commit him to moving to Ibrox when his QPR contract expires next June”.
It’s further suggested the Championship side are still demanding around £5m heading into the end of the summer window.
Despite playing in a QPR side that finished closer to relegation than the play-off places in the Championship, Osayi-Samuel was undoubtedly one of the rare stand-out performers for the club along with Eberechi Eze, who now finds himself at Crystal Palace.
Capable of playing on either flank or even through the middle, the 22-year-old produce some impressive attacking returns for the Hoops, scoring six goals and providing nine assists across all competitions.
Rangers of course have their own talented winger in Ryan Kent, but there’s a real argument to be made that Osayi-Samuel might just be the perfect fit for Gerrard at Ibrox.
Hailed as a “real star of the future” by former England manager Steve McClaren, QPR boss Mark Warburton waxed lyrical about him last season after a superb performance in a 6-1 win against Cardiff.
He said: “I’m not sure many teams have that blistering pace. As long as he knows how to use it and that’s the key for him learning the game. He’s working so hard. He’s got that sheer pace which terrifies defenders and when he uses it wisely like he did today he looks a real handful. I’m delighted for him and it’s good for the crowd to see a player who gets them off their seats which is what you want.”
Crucially, Osayi-Samuel seems to have a better end product to his game than Kent, with his greater tally of assists last season pointing to that (nine to four). And with Leeds United seemingly interested in signing the latter, Gerrard could land himself an upgrade with a move for the QPR starlet.