QPR brace for Premier League bid as result of £40m West Ham transfer

QPR brace for transfer interest.QPR brace for transfer interest.
QPR brace for transfer interest. | Getty Images
The QPR defender enjoyed an impressive campaign last season and has caught the eye of a Premier League club needing a centre-back.

QPR centre-back Jake Clarke-Salter has been the centre of transfer talk this summer after an impressive season at Loftus Road and has now become a prime target for Premier League side Wolves.

The 26-year-old had been linked with a move to Scottish Premiership titans Celtic earlier in the window but it is now the Midlands club who are preparing to try and sign the centre-back. That's according to Football Insider, which reports that Wolves are 'plotting a move' for the defender.

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Over the weekend, Gary O'Neil's side lost key man Max Kilman to West Ham as former manager Julen Lopetegui came shopping at Molineux. Wolves did pocket £40 million for the centre-back but will need to replace the star as a priority before the start of the Premier League season - Kilman made 44 appearances in all competitions last term, playing every minute of the top flight campaign as he captained Wolves to a 14th place finish.

Football Insider adds that Wolves scouts watched Clarke-Salter play for QPR 'on multiple occasions' during the 2023/24 campaign as the R's battled relegation in the Championship. The defender was a key part of the side that rallied under Marti Cifuentes, making 33 second-tier appearances in total.

The former Chelsea youngster has been with QPR since 2022 and still has another two years to run on his current deal at Loftus Road, which does place negotiating power in the hands of the Championship club.

Wolves and Celtic have been linked with a move for Clarke-Salter.Wolves and Celtic have been linked with a move for Clarke-Salter.
Wolves and Celtic have been linked with a move for Clarke-Salter. | Getty Images

Speaking about his future in May, Clarke-Salter told Football League World: “If I’m being totally honest with myself, I had a lot of ambition growing up at Chelsea – captaining Chelsea and England youth sides – and I had some injuries along the way that has hindered my career so to have a home now.

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“To be able to stay fit this season, which I always knew would come around again. I’m confident now that I can put those injuries behind me and I’m just happy now at QPR. “I have a home, I had a good season in the end and I’m just looking forward to the future.”

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