QPR have opened talks to sign Andre Green after his surprise exit from Aston Villa this summer, Football Insider understands.

The Villa academy product, 22, is a free agent after leaving the Premier League club when his contract expired.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that QPR are in the driving seat ahead of rival Championship and EFL clubs to land the winger.

The England Under-20 international is keen to join a club where he can play regularly and settle down after a series of spells out on loan.

Green spent the first half of last season at Preston North End before heading to Charlton Athletic in January.

He made a strong early impression at the Valley, with two goals in his first four matches.

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But the versatile forward, who can play on the winger or spearhead the attack, then lost his form in a struggling side who were eventually relegated.

Green could be a free agent in July if Villa decide not to take up the option to extend his contract by 12 months, or offer him a new long-term deal.

The Midlands giants had the option to extend the forward’s contract by 12 months but chose not to do so.

Green played a key role in Villa’s promotion campaign in 2018-19 after spending the first half of the campaign at Portsmouth.

The forward featured in all three of their play-off matches and represented his boyhood team 49 times in total, scoring two goals.

In other news, Aston Villa have been hit by a big transfer blow after deal was on the cards.