Beale plans to trim ‘inflated’ QPR squad

QPR head coach Mick Beale is eyeing more signings but wants to reduce the size of his squad in order to bring players in.

Rangers are keen to add a right-back and another striker this window and are continuing to pursue a deal for Millwall right-back Danny McNamara, who has a year left on his contract.

But Beale accepts players will have to leave in order for more to come in – especially with Tyler Roberts, Luke Amos, Chris Willock and new signing Taylor Richards soon set to join the squad.

“We’re constantly receiving phone calls, which is a nice thing. People want to come and play here,” Beale said.

“They are optimistic about the work we’re trying to do and there’s one or two things in the background.

“It’s fair to say, as well, there’s one or two things in the background for our players going out, in terms of them going off and getting loans. We’ve got an inflated squad, I would say.

“So with the four boys coming back in, that means five or six who were with us (against Crystal Palace) can’t travel (to Blackburn), so that shows where we’re at.

“I would like to do one or two more things but we might have to be patient as well.”

One of those set to leave the club is goalkeeper Murphy Mahoney, with Beale keen to send the 20-year-old out on loan this summer in order to get experience.

Mahoney linked up with National League side Southend United on Saturday and played the second half of their friendly against Gillingham, with boss Kevin Maher eager to take a look at the youngster ahead of a potential loan move.