'Leeds wanted him' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Celtic work on marquee free transfer
Noel Whelan tips QPR attacker Bright Osayi-Samuel to turn down a move to Rangers or Celtic if an offer arrives from a Premier League club based in London.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, the former Aberdeen and Leeds United striker claimed that a player of the 22-year-old’s quality “is going to have options”.
Osayi-Samuel has entered the final nine months of his contract at Loftus Road and looks set to leave the Championship side, potentially in January or on a free transfer next summer.
Football Insider revealed that the Hoops are working to sign the wide man on a pre-contract but face competition from England and neighbours Rangers.
The Nigerian attacker scored six goals and provided nine assists last season in a QPR side that languished to 13th in the Championship table.
When asked by Football Insider if he believed either of the Old Firm clubs could lure Osayi-Samuel to Glasgow, Whelan said: “Leeds were after him for a while.
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“They were reportedly considering an offer and a player with his amount of quality, at that age is going to have options.
“Celtic and Rangers might be interested but a lad that is from London, if something comes up in and around him I have no doubt that he would choose that ahead of a move to Scotland, especially if it is an offer from a club in the Premier League.”
Osayi-Samuel emigrated to England from Nigeria at the age of just 10 and rose up the ranks at Blackpool before securing a move to QPR in 2017.
He started for Mark Warburton’s side on Saturday as they beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 thanks to a goal from former Scottish Premiership goalscorer Lyndon Dykes and Ilias Chair.
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