QPR transfer news: Brentford want more than £3million for skipper Bidwell
PUBLISHED: 13:46 24 May 2016 | UPDATED: 19:32 24 May 2016
Brentford have told QPR they want in excess of £3million if they are to allow skipper Jake Bidwell to leave the club this summer.
The Bees run the risk of losing the 23-year-old for nothing when his contract expires next summer though, with Bidwell yet to agree to an extension on his current deal with talks still ongoing.
Bidwell turns 24 next March, meaning he would be able to leave on a free should he choose to run his contract down at Griffin Park.
A tribunal is only needed when a player under 24 years of age moves clubs having reached the end of his contract, meaning the Bees would not be due any compensation under such circumstances.
While the Bees are standing firm currently, rejecting an initial approach from QPR, they will cash in on the left-back if the price is right - unless of course Bidwell signs a contract extension - which at this stage looks unlikely.
The former Everton youngster, who has made over 200 appearances for the Bees since he moved to Griffin Park initially on loan in 2011, has also attracted interest from Championship rivals Wolves.
The Times understands QPR are willing to pay an initial £2million for the left-back’s services, but their west London neighbours want various add-ons and a substantial sell-on fee if they are to consider parting company with Bidwell.
Everton included a 50 per cent sell-on clause in the deal that saw him move permanently to the Bees in 2013, so Brentford will not let Bidwell go on the cheap under any circumstances.
A potential deal could rise to £3.5m, which could put off Rangers, who are now adopting a more sensible and strict wage budget and wage cap.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is desperate to bolster his options in that area though, with Jack Robinson having only come back from a serious knee injury.
Huddersfield’s Joel Lynch and Wycombe’s Aaron Pierre remain on the club’s horizon in what is expected to be another busy summer at Loftus Road.