Aston Villa are likely to make a bid for QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo in the summer transfer window should they achieve promotion back to the Premier League, according to a report.
Australian news outlet The World Game claims that Crystal Palace and Malaga are also keeping tabs on Luongo, 25, after seeing the midfielder hit the form of his life for QPR in the past few weeks.
The 31-times Australia international has scored four goals in his last six starts for the London club and director of football Les Ferdinand has admitted that he could leave Loftus Road if he adds goals to his game by saying it would “be impossible to hold on to him”.
It is understood that Villa almost signed Luongo from Swindon three years ago and Malaga made enquiries about the ex-Tottenham player in the January transfer window.
He has made 36 appearances in all competitions this season for QPR, scoring six goals and supplying three assists.
Football Insider verdict
It does not seem likely that Malaga will be able to beat Villa or Palace to signing Luongo, especially with them staring relegation from La Liga in the face. Even if Villa do not go up this term it would still be worth their time in making an approach for the Australian midfielder, who is one of the most well-rounded of his sort in the Championship. Luongo can score goals, he can dribble and he can perform well off the ball by winning back possession. Steve Bruce could do with someone like that in his squad and getting someone like Mile Jedinak to help convince his international team-mate to join the Villains would be a bit of a cheeky way to put themselves in pole position.