Glasgow Rangers have been handed a huge boost in their bid to sign £4million-valued winger Bright Osayi-Samuel on a pre-contract.
Football Insider exclusively revealed yesterday afternoon that the 22-year-old had been axed from the QPR squad for their Championship clash at Barnsley last night after rejecting a new contract.
The Londoners 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.
“He would be a great signing for Rangers,” ex-Leeds United and Aberdeen striker Noel Whelan told Football Insider. “He improved massively last season and you can see why top clubs are looking closely at him.
“QPR have been good for him, and he’s been able to play regularly and really develop. But they are a mid-table Championship club and you can’t see them getting promoted.
“Rejecting the contract gives Osayi-Samuel plenty of options and puts him in a strong negotiating position.
“The advantage Rangers – and Celtic – have over English clubs is they can sign him on a pre-contract in January. That could be key.”
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.