Warburton highlights need for new striker as QPR look to tie up Gray deal

Mark Warburton has reiterated that he would like QPR to bring in another striker before the transfer window closes.

Rangers have started the season well – they are unbeaten after the opening five Championship matches and sit third in the table.

But their lack of pace up front has resulted in them being caused problems by teams deploying a high defensive line and looking to stop Warburton’s side getting their passing game going.

Manager Warburton and director of football Les Ferdinand want to address the issue by signing Andre Gray on loan from Watford.

Gray played under Warburton at Brentford and Ferdinand wanted to sign him for QPR in 2015 but he joined Burnley.

“Teams know we want to play football and they’re going to try to stop us playing,” said Warburton.

“We need to have that outlet of pace and power in behind, so if that opportunity arises then we’ll move if we can – obviously within the confines of the budget.

“We’ve had a really good transfer window and done a lot of good business early, but if another opportunity arises then hopefully we can make that move.”

But Warburton refused to comment on Rangers’ pursuit of Gray, who is wanted by other Championship clubs.

“I’m never going to talk about another club’s player. He’s a Watford player,” Warburton said.

“We’ve got to look at what options are available. Let’s see what becomes available.”

Meanwhile, unwanted QPR defender Todd Kane is close to a move to Coventry.