QPR interested in re-signing Smyth

QPR are interested in re-signing Paul Smyth.

The Northern Ireland international forward, 25, left Loftus Road two years ago and signed for Leyton Orient, where his contract is about to expire.

He played a starring role in Orient’s promotion from League Two last season and a number of clubs are keen to snap him up this summer.

Smyth played under Rangers head coach Gareth Ainsworth while on loan at Wycombe during the 2019-2020 season.

He moved to west London from Linfield in the summer of 2017 and scored on his QPR debut the following New Year’s Day against Cardiff.

He showed promise during his early appearances for the R’s, but successive managers were unconvinced by him and he was unable to establish himself as a first-team regular at the club.

But Ainsworth rates him highly and Smyth could now get another chance in the Championship.

Another former QPR player, Josh Scowen, is also highly regarded by Ainsworth, having had two spells under him at Wycombe.

However, Scowen, 30, signed a new one-year contract with the Chairboys in April.