Southampton and Bournemouth will challenge Queens Park Rangers for the signature of Alfie Kilgour, according to a report by Bristol Live.
The 21-year-old, who is a product of the Rovers’ academy, has made 44 starts this season and been impressive, despite his club’s struggles. Prior to this season he had only appeared a couple of times for the Gas, with loan spells at Mangotsfield United, Cirencester Town, Hungerford Town and Maidenhead United making up his senior experience.
The youngster has even been amongst the goals and has emerged as a fearless leader surely destined for greater things. That said, Kilgour is a lifelong Rovers fan who may have stronger loyalties to them than most. Having come through their academy, it’s reported playing for the Gas was always his dream which could make his signature a hard one for the bigger clubs to capture.
However, is has also been widely reported that the club officials have spoken about their selling policy in recent months. Most clubs in League One have a price they’d accept for their talent and the Gas certainly wouldn’t stand in Kilgour’s way if a big bid came in.
Whilst Bournemouth have a good reputation for spotting young talent in the EFL and Southampton also do well bringing young players through, this move won’t be straightforward.
QPR have a great record for bringing young talent through into their first team, but Kilgour is already playing senior football with the club he loves. Unless the bid is life0changing for the club, we can’t see Kilgour making the move to these teams. If he’s good enough, which some feel he can be, then he’s sure to be best served building his reputation at home and waiting for the real big guns to come calling.