QPR look to offload Gorkss

QPR are close to agreeing a deal with Southampton for the sale of Kaspars Gorkss.

Winger Jason Puncheon may move to west London in exchange for the Latvian defender, who joined Rangers in 2008.

Rangers recently made Gorkss available for a transfer if the right offer came in, and Southampton were one of the clubs that showed an interest.

And as Neil Warnock had been looking to sign a wide-man, a swap deal involving Puncheon was discussed.

Warnock’s options in the transfer market have been increased by the recent Tony Fernandes-led takeover at Loftus Road, but the Saints seem keen to sign Gorkss regardless of whether the R’s boss still wants Puncheon.

Gorkss, who recently turned 29, was a key player in QPR’s promotion campaign but has fallen down the pecking order following the summer signings of Danny Gabbidon and Bruno Perone.

Puncheon, 25, is out of favour at Southampton and has not made an appearance for them this season.

He has Premier League experience, having spent the second half of last term on loan at Blackpool.

While with MK Dons, Puncheon was a target for the then QPR manager Ian Holloway, who has since signed him for both Plymouth and Blackpool.

Rangers’ willingness to part with Gorkss will come as a bitter disappointment to the centre-back, as he is desperate for a chance in the Premier League.

If a deal between the clubs is struck, he will then have to decide whether to drop back down to the Championship or reject the move in the hope he can eventually force his way into the Rangers side.