Queens Park Rangers are fighting for their lives to escape from the relegation zone in the Championship and are reportedly looking to strengthen the squad before the January transfer window closes.
QPR managed to pick up their first victory in eight league matches on Saturday with an impressive 2-0 win over London rivals Millwall at Loftus Road. The result has left Marti Cifuentes’ side just three points from safety, with Huddersfield Town above them having failed to win a single game in four league outings.
Rangers boast the 13th-best defensive record in the Championship this season which has kept the club alive in what is a tense battle for survival. However, the Londoners also hold the second-worst attacking record, having scored merely 24 goals in 28 matches.
The Spanish coach is keen to bolster his attacking department before next Thursday’s transfer deadline and is eyeing up a striker in Belgium’s top-flight, with negotiations having already taken place.
According to a report from Het Nieuwsblad, Queens Park Rangers are in talks to sign Royal Antwerp’s out-of-favour centre-forward Michael Frey. The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the current campaign and has yet to make a single appearance this season for the Belgian champions.
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The outlet are claiming that Frey is keen to leave the club before the transfer window ends and that Antwerp and QPR are close to reaching an agreement over a move, with the player’s market value sitting at £1.3 million, as per Transfermarkt.
It was also reported by French outlet L’Equipe at the beginning of the week that Queens Park Rangers had submitted a £2 million bid for Sporting de Gijon midfielder Jonathan Varane, the half-brother of Manchester United defender Raphael Varane.
Queens Park Rangers’ top goalscorer this season is Scotland international Lyndon Dykes with just five goals, followed by Ilias Chair, Chris Willock, Kenneth Paal and Sinclair Armstrong who are all tied with three in total.
If Cifuentes is to pull off a miracle and get this group of players back to shore by the end of the season, the board need to sign some more attacking players and putting the ball in the net has been the side’s biggest issue this term.