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QPR have made an official approach to hold talks with Jimmy-Floyd Hasselbaink about being their new manager, Football Insider sources understand.
Rangers have contacted Burton Albion after learning through third parties that he is keen to take over at Loftus Road, where Neil Warnock is currently in interim charge.
A QPR source has told Football Insider that Burton are not expected to stand in the way of Hasselbaink moving to the Championship club.
Burton won the League Two title under Hasselbaink last season and are currently third in the League One table.
Hasselbaink, the former Chelsea striker whose playing career also included spells at Leeds, Middlesbrough and Charlton, took over from Gary Rowett, who left to join Birmingham City.
Rowett had been in pole position to land the vacant managerial job at Fulham but, as revealed by Football Insider, talks collapsed last Friday.
Rangers have spoken to several out-of-work managers, including Chris Powell, who was recently sacked by Huddersfield, and remain in contact with other potential candidates.
However, as revealed by Football Insider, Hasselbaink has emerged as their preferred choice and is now the hot favourite to become the new QPR manager.