EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Former Rangers and Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton is in pole position to become the new manager of Queens Park Rangers, Football Insider can reveal.

QPR are closing to finalising the appointment of Steve McClaren’s successor at Loftus Road, where John Eustace has been in caretaker charge since the start of April and he has guided the club to safety in the Championship.

A Rangers source has told Football Insider that the club have spoken to a number of candidates for the manager’s job, including Tim Sherwood and ex-West Brom chief Darren Moore.

They are now in advanced talks with Warburton, 56, for him to take on the vacant post, and are expected to offer him the job.

QPR are looking for a manager who can help develop young players from their academy and has experience of working in the Championship.

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Club chiefs are convinced that Warburton, who has been out of work since December 2017, fits the bill from his record at Brentford and Nottingham Forest.

In other Championship news, it can be REVEALED that Victor Orta is working on a deal to sell a high-value Leeds player.