QPR transfer news: Rs unlikely to strike deal for Freeman this month
PUBLISHED: 16:00 23 January 2017 | UPDATED: 16:30 23 January 2017
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Ian Holloway is ready to end his pursuit of Bristol City’s Luke Freeman.
The winger, who’s contract runs out this summer, had been one of Holloway’s main targets in this transfer window - but a move for the 24-year-old now looks unlikely this month, with the Rs boss frustrated with how negotations have panned out to date.
He told the Times: “I think that’s gone. We had a chance to do something, they didn’t want our offer.
“They’ve let it out at the wrong amount, I know what I offered.
“A Bristol City fan shouted at me in his car last week [when I was down in Bristol], but he needs to get his facts right.
“The fact is if you’re letting your players run out of contract, and they’ve only got six months to go, that’s your fault not anyone else’s.”
Elsewhere, Holloway has ruled out a move for Bristol Rovers striker Matty Taylor.
The Championship outfit had been monitoring the progress of the League One hotshot, who has scored 19 goals this season.
However, while Holloway believes Taylor is capable of scoring goals at a higher level, he is in the marker for a more experienced front man.
He added: “He’s a very good player who belongs to Bristol Rovers and I shouldn’t talk about anybody else’s players.
“There are a lot of players who step up a level and can score. But it’s about the balance I need – the pace and power to move the ball from back to front sometimes if Idrissa Sylla’s injured.
“Have I got anyone who can do that? I’m not so sure I have, and Matty Taylor isn’t really that sort of player.”
One player who will almost certainly not be joining Rangers this month, is Crystal Palace’s Fraizer Campbell.
The pair worked together during Holloway’s spell at Selhurst Park, but Holloway has rejected speculation that he could join Rangers on loan.
“There’s absolutely no chance they will let him go. Not in a million years would Palace let us have him,” said an adamant Holloway.
“Would he come to us anyway? Absolutely not. Could we afford his wages? Totally not.”
In terms of potential outgoings, the Times understands Olamide Shodipo will be allowed to leave the club on a temporary basis, if Holloway is able to bring in another winger before the window shuts.
Shodipo was a regular under former boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, but has found playing time more limited under Holloway.
However, the latter is a big admirer of the youngster and feels it would be in his best interests to go out on loan and gain some more experience.