The door has opened for Rangers to sign QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract, Football Insider can reveal.

This site exclusively revealed yesterday afternoon that the 22-year-old had been axed from the Rangers squad for their Championship clash at Barnsley last night after rejecting a new contract.

QPR lost 3-0 at Oakwell without their star man, who failed to make the matchday 18 after starting all of his club’s previous seven Championship matches of the campaign.

Osayi-Samuel’s damaged relations with the Londoners has alerted his many suitors, including Steven Gerrard’s high-flying side.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Rangers are keen to take advantage of cross-border rules and sign a player valued at £4million on a free transfer.

The wide man has entered the final eight months of his Loftus Road deal and can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign team from 1 January.

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Rangers are among multiple clubs north and south of the border, including neighbours Celtic, keen to land the in-demand attacker.

There has also been interest in Osayi-Samuel from Premier League clubs including Leicester City, Fulham and Brighton.

He came within a whisker of joining Brugge in the summer after they had a £5m bid accepted, only for the move to collapse when the player pulled out at the eleventh hour.

His future is now up in the air following his omission from the QPR side, a drastic move from manager Mark Warburton that initially backfired at Oakwell.

 

Osayi-Samuel had started all eight of QPR’s previous matches in all competitions this season, scoring once and assisting once.

The versatile operator, who can play anywhere behind the striker including on both flanks, scored six goals and supplied nine assists from 40 matches in all competitions last season.

In other news, Rangers agreed deal for ‘£3m player’ after West Ham offer rejected.