QPR interested in Hemed loan deal after keeping Freeman

QPR: Luke Freeman

QPR will look into a potential deal to sign striker Tomer Hemed on loan from Brighton after declining offers for Luke Freeman in the final stages of the transfer window.

Rangers were open to parting with Freeman for the right price, despite co-chairman Tony Fernandes telling fans on Twitter the midfielder was not for sale.

A move for Freeman might have enabled Rangers to buy a striker ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

However, Middlesbrough and Blackburn had bids for Freeman rejected and could not be persuaded to significantly increase their offers.

The loan window, which does not close until the end of the month, was always going to be key for QPR.

Reports ahead of Thursday’s deadline claimed the club were looking to sign Hemed, 31, before the window closed.

Rangers were interested in the Israel international, but as a possible loan signing further down the line in the absence of the player sale which might have enabled the club to invest in a striker while complying with Financial Fair Play rules.

A loan move for Hemed might now be an option, although he is one of a number of strikers QPR are likely to make enquiries about.

Rangers manager Steve McClaren wants Derby forward Chris Martin, who previously played under him at the East Midlands club.

Martin, 29, has been out of favour at Pride Park for some time.

But with the Scotland international having spent last season on loan at Reading and the previous campaign at Fulham, he and Derby wanted a permanent move.

Whether a loan deal for Martin, who is very much McClaren’s preferred signing, is now possible, remains to be seen.

McClaren also wants a centre-back and, in light of Darnell Furlong’s knee injury, would like another option at right-back too.

Rangers were keen to bring in Trent Sainsbury but the Australia international joined PSV Eindhoven.

Michael Hefele was then targeted but wanted a long-term contract and left Huddersfield for Nottingham Forest, who gave him a three-year deal.