West London Sport’s David McIntyre with answers to some of the most common questions asked by QPR fans on social media.
Any update on talks between QPR and Stoke over Geoff Cameron?
There aren’t talks involving QPR as such. The relevant talks are between Stoke and Cameron, who has a year remaining on his contract and is not in manager Nathan Jones’ plans.
Cameron knows what QPR will offer him. It would be significantly less than he is on at Stoke, so he is effectively looking for Stoke to offset the drop in wages by agreeing a financial settlement, enabling him to leave them and join QPR.
Cameron likes life in London and made it clear in March that he wanted to return to Rangers when his season-long loan ended. QPR have since been optimistic that he will be back on board for the new season as a permanent signing, having cut his ties with Stoke.
Another loan move is possible but would leave Rangers with a decision to make as it would use up a loan when the club are very keen to maximise their use of the loan market in terms of bringing in younger players.
It was hoped that Cameron would this week fly to Austria to join QPR’s pre-season trip, but as of Thursday morning his future had still not been resolved.
Wouldn’t Cameron have to take a massive pay cut?
No, because a move hinges on him reaching a financial settlement with Stoke which accounts for the drop in wages.
Are QPR going to sign a striker?
Yes. There are several irons in the fire but Rangers’ top targets, such as Jordan Hugill, are wanted by other clubs too.
Is Massimo Luongo leaving?
Probably. Having decided to sell Luongo, who is in the final year of his contract and would have to take a pay cut to sign a new deal, he was recently left out of the trip to Austria. The level of initial interest among clubs definitely points to something developing in the next couple of weeks. Sheffield Wednesday seem particularly keen and a number of overseas clubs have shown some interest too.
Do Rangers have money to spend?
This might come as a surprise, but actually yes they do, albeit a very modest amount. The recent sale of Luke Freeman means the club are now potentially in a position to buy a player or two.
Given QPR’s financial position, the importance of investing this small amount of money wisely really can’t be overstated. This is a hugely important crossroads for the club, which absolutely must now walk the walk in terms of a return to the days of picking up bargains and selling for a profit. They have to get this one right.
What about a new deal for Bright Osayi-Samuel? His contract is up next year
The club have an option to extend that deal by another year, so he is effectively under contract until 2021. They are nevertheless looking to tie Bright-Samuel and Ilias Chair to longer-term deals. Chair looks likely to sign a three-year contract in the coming weeks.