New England Revolution could snap up QPR duo

New England Revolution are interested in QPR defenders Niko Hamalainen and Giles Phillips.

The Americans, both 21, are being lined up for loan moves to the MLS, where the transfer window opens later this month.

Revolution, managed by former Liverpool and Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel, are discussing a potential deal.

Los Angeles FC, which is part-owned by QPR co-owner Ruben Gnanalingam, will also be an option if their coach, former Swansea manager Bob Bradley, wants either player.

Hamaleinen and Phillips were among the fringe players Rangers had lined up for loan moves well before January transfer window, as was Osman Kakay.

The likes of Paul Smyth, Sean Goss and Ilias Chair were also earmarked for loan moves and went to Accrington Stanley, St Johnstone and Stevenage respectively.

However, Rangers were unable to arrange a deal for right-back Kakay despite attempting to do so until the very final stages of the window.

It was hoped as the deadline approached that Kakay would join Port Vale or Newport County, but no move materialised.

His options will now be assessed, particularly in light of Angel Rangel’s expected return from injury, which is likely to push Kakay back down the pecking order.

But there is a firm plan in place for Hamalainen and Phillips, who are set to return to the United States.

Florida-born Finland international Hamalainen (pictured above), who turns 22 next month, has been with QPR since 2014 and has made six first-team appearances for the club.

Centre-back Phillips was signed in 2017 and is yet to make his senior debut.