With his contract due to expire in the summer, when he will be available on a free transfer and potentially a tempting option for even the very biggest clubs in the country, Charlie Austin has indicated that he intends to stay at QPR for the time being at least.
But other players could leave Loftus Road if Rangers, who are keen to reduce costs, are able to agree deals to move them on. The likes of Yun Suk-Young and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are surplus to requirements, but it’s eight of the bigger earners the club are most interested in offloading if the chance arises.
QPR rejected a £7m bid from West Bromwich Albion in the summer. His market value certainly hasn’t increased since then. Albion remain interested in a deal, Bournemouth are monitoring developments, and there have been some indications that Watford could also be interested. Rangers would certainly listen to offers.
Caulker is on a season-long loan at Southampton, whose manager Ronald Koeman says he wants the defender to stay for the remainder of the campaign. But if Rangers receive an offer they would approach the Saints about terminating Caulker’s loan deal at St Mary’s, where he has failed to make an impact. Crystal Palace reportedly want him, but so far the only approach has come from Sunderland, who seem interested in a potential deal.
Director of football Les Ferdinand knows the midfielder well from their Tottenham days, as does former head coach Chris Ramsey, who did not want to recall him to the side earlier this season, before doing so somewhat reluctantly. QPR want him out and were disappointed that talks with AC Milan last summer over a loan move did not result in a deal. He has been offered to various clubs, including in his native Brazil.
Rangers are considering formally making the goalkeeper, 35, available to other clubs. A clause in his contract means he would land a new deal if he makes 30 appearances this season. He has so far made 25.
Made available on a free transfer during the summer transfer window, Rangers would gladly wave goodbye to Traore this time around. That said, they were equally keen to get rid of him two years ago – the then manager Harry Redknapp was not a fan of the former Arsenal man, to put it mildly – yet some decent performances towards the end of the promotion campaign led to him being handed a two-year deal.
Hoilett, who has a £7m release clause in his contract (stop laughing at the back), was made available on a free along with Traore in the summer and despite his form improving in recent weeks, Rangers wouldn’t stand in his way.
Diakite can also go on a free. He looked a hugely exciting prospect when he arrived four years ago but has barely featured.
Rangers came close to offloading Fer to Sunderland on loan during the summer, but the move fell through after a medical. They also discussed a loan deal with PSV Eindhoven shortly before the transfer deadline. They remain open to offers for the Dutchman.