Bright Osayi-Samuel will likely sign a new deal with QPR so long as he stays with the Championship club beyond tonight, according to West London Sport.
The Scottish Sun reported last month that Neil Lennon wanted Osayi-Samuel snapped up this summer even though he’s currently able to sign a pre-contract for nothing in January.
However, West London Sport believes that the player will probably commit to QPR if he doesn’t leave the club before the end of the transfer window this evening.
This is reportedly due to the fact that talks have progressed in recent times. West London Sport also states that the only firm offer for his services was the £4.7million bid from Club Brugge earlier this summer. Osayi-Samuel ultimately rejected the opportunity to move to Belgium.
The source has revealed that Crystal Palace also considered matching that bid, but have decided not to do so.
A big fee to pay for little direct goal contributions
Osayi-Samuel has one thing that Celtic could do with injecting into their squad – pace. Yet when you look at his direct goal contributions during his time with QPR, it does leave a lot to be desired.
He has 11 goals and 11 assists to his name in 96 appearances for the Loftus Road outfit (Transfermarkt). That’s under one direct goal contribution in four games. Even though he’s been playing for a QPR side who hardly dominate the Championship – they aren’t numbers that justify a multi-million-pound bid.
But if the Nigerian really is going to sign a new deal if he stays beyond the window, then it puts QPR in a much stronger position. It means they can ask for premium value once again, as they won’t be fearful of him sealing his future for nothing in January.
If Lennon wanted him in the door, you have to imagine it was because he spotted a bargain. If QPR are still demanding such a heavy fee for his services, then you feel this is one we should avoid.
As deadline day ticks on, there have been no updates regarding Celtic’s interest here. Perhaps that’s telling of where QPR stand on the matter.