Queens Park Rangers Defender Linked With Top Flight Move

QPR defender Jake Clarke-Slater is reportedly being pursued by Premier League outfit Wolves, according to Pete O’Rourke on X.

The 27-year-old still has two years remaining on his contract at Loftus Road, so the potential transfer of Clarke-Slater presents a promising financial opportunity for the R’s. Pete O’Rourke has reported that Wolves have pinpointed the Englishman as a viable target to replace Max Kilman.

Clarke-Slater spent eight years in Chelsea’s academy system, representing their underage teams. The defender only made one appearance for the Blues, in a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa. However, he wasn’t off the books at Chelsea until 2022. Clarke-Slater was sent out on loan numerous times whilst being contracted at Stamford Bridge, with Dutch side Vittese being one of them.

After back-to-back loans at Birmingham City, followed by a fairly successful one at Coventry, the gifted defender made the first permanent transfer of his career. In June 2022, Clarke Slater signed a 4-year deal with QPR. Since making Loftus Road his home, Clarke-Slater has put on QPR colours 47 times, scoring once.

QPR are keen to avoid a repeat of last season, where they secured their Championship survival in the penultimate week of the campaign. Despite looking doomed in the early knockings of the season, QPR managed to pull themselves together after hiring Martí Cifuenties as their Head Coach. In their last eight matches of the season, the R’s picked up 16 points, which had them six clear of the drop zone at the end of the term.

Wolves had a fairly successful Premier League season last year, finishing in 14th place, 20 points clear of the drop zone. The Dingles have been busy in the window so far, as they have purchased Rodrigo Gomes and Pedro Lima for a combined £25 million.

The sale of Max Kilman opens up a void that Wolves need to fill, and the acquisition of Clarke-Slater could help them do just that.

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Martí Cifuentes’ side has been fairly active themselves this window, signing a total of four players this summer. The R’s have not yet paid a fee for anyone though, so maybe the sale of Clake-Slater for a reasonable price might enable QPR to go out and purchase their targets.

QPR have already added to their defensive ranks, bringing in 21-year-defender Liam Morrison from Bayern Munich, so the R’s will have a defensive replacement for Clarke-Slater if he does decide to move on. Although he is inexperienced in the Premier League, Clarke Slater could make a significant impact for the Wolves in the upcoming campaign.


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