QPR have set their sights on signing Southampton winger Josh Sims on a permanent deal this month, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The winger, 23, is currently on a three-month loan at Doncaster Rovers that is set to end on 16 January.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that QPR are plotting a move for Sims and are keen to sign him on a full-time rather than just a loan.

Southampton are ready to sell Sims ahead of the 1 February cut-off rather than lose him on a free in the summer.

The attacker is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium at the end of the season.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has given the green light for Sims to move as he does not figure in his plans for this season or beyond that point.

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Sims spent last season on loan at New York Red Bulls in an initial half-season deal that was then extended for the rest of the campaign.

He returned to his parent club to find himself down the pecking order and joined Doncaster in mid-October.

The loan spell has been a success, with Sims scoring three goals and supplying an impressive seven assists from 14 matches in all competitions.

The winger has played 27 times for Southampton after graduating from their youth ranks but is not now expected to add to that tally.

Sims has been capped by England at Under-20s, Under-18s and Under 17s levels.

In other news, it can be revealed a Southampton forward is in advanced talks to join new club.