Rangers confirm Mackie transfer request

QPR have confirmed that Jamie Mackie has handed in a transfer request, which has been granted.

West London Sport revealed on Thursday that Mackie was planning to formally request a move, having been unhappy at Loftus Road for several months.

His first-team prospects under Harry Redknapp look bleak and are likely to remain so, with the Rangers boss chasing the likes of Gary Hooper, Andros Townsend and Charlie Austin.

West London Sport recently revealed that Nottingham Forest are interested in Mackie and that they have subsequently had a bid for him rejected because did it not meet Rangers’ valuation of the 27-year-old.

Redknapp is willing to let Mackie leave.
Redknapp is willing to let Mackie leave.

Mackie, known for his never-say-die attitude, was repeatedly snubbed by Redknapp last season even after Rangers’ relegation was confirmed, despite it being widely accepted that their demise was caused by players on massive wages failing to perform.

Forest manager Billy Davies is also keen on Burnley striker Austin, 24, and Mackie is one of a number of other forwards on his radar.

Mackie played a key role in QPR’s promotion in 2011, scoring nine goals during the first half of the season before suffering a broken leg.

He has made 85 appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals and featuring as a striker or on either flank.

Several other clubs have been alerted to his possible availability and are monitoring the situation.

Redknapp is making wholesale changes following Rangers’ relegation to the Championship and has made an offer for Austin after missing out on Hooper, who is set to join Norwich from Celtic.

Townsend, who impressed while on loan at QPR from Tottenham last season, is also waiting to see whether a top-flight club come in for him.



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