Warburton would bring in Banfield at QPR, Mail on Sunday reports

Sunday newspaper stories involving the area’s clubs…

The Mail on Sunday reports QPR’s interest in Mark Warburton.

West London Sport revealed prior to Steve McClaren’s recent dismissal that he was set to be sacked and that Tim Sherwood was Rangers director of football Les Ferdinand’s first-choice replacement, with Warburton, Michael Appleton and Gary Rowett the three other front-runners.

Rowett is now out of the running, but Warburton and Appleton remain in the frame should Sherwood turn the job down.

The Mail on Sunday reports that former Brentford boss Warburton, who has also managed Glasgow Rangers and Nottingham Forest, has had a second interview.

The newspaper also reports that Warburton is ready to bring in former Arsenal coach Neil Banfield as his assistant.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have rejected a bid from Brighton for young defender Reece James, The Sun on Sunday reports.

Crystal Palace are also said to be interested in the England Under-20 international, who has impressed while on loan at Wigan this season.

Brighton had a £10m offer for James turned down by Chelsea, The Sun on Sunday.

James has been touted as a possible replacement for Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who has been linked with several clubs, including Chelsea.