Doncaster Rovers could be set to lose a key player this January, as Josh Sims is being eyed by Queens Park Rangers according to Football Insider.
Sims, who is contracted to Southampton, is close to completing a three-month loan deal at the Keepmoat, and fans will be hoping to see that extended after several strong displays. The wide midfielder has bagged three goals and added six assists since signing for Darren Moore’s promotion hopefuls in October, and that form has alerted potential suitors, QPR.
The 23-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer, and by the time that happens, he will be 24, meaning Southampton will not be able to demand a fee for him through a tribunal. That makes a sale this January seem more attractive for them, but more worrying for Doncaster.
Sims, who has represented England at Under-20s, Under-18s and Under 17s levels, has apparently been given the green light to leave St Mary’s in the future, be it at the conclusion of his loan spell or in the summer.
However, one silver lining to the cloud of speculation is that Sims has expressed an interest in staying in South Yorkshire, saying “One hundred per cent I’d be interested in staying. I’m playing regular football now – very, very regular football! – and I’m enjoying it. I will sit down with Southampton and Doncaster, weigh up my options and see what’s best for me when that time comes.”
His loan deal concludes on January 16th, at which point he either returns to St Mary’s without a move, is sold to struggling QPR who are 20th in the Championship, or continues to hunt promotion with Doncaster, either on another loan, or a permanent deal.
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Sims would surely be best served to stay at Doncaster, if he can. It could be argued he is playing the best football of his career and as Rovers have shown with Ben Whiteman they offer a great platform for players to build a reputation.
QPR would be a step up for now, but the difference between the clubs is small. If Sims has to prove himself there, he may set his own progression back months, whilst at the Keepmoat he is loved and settled.
Stay put Josh!