QPR have been given permission to speak to Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink about the managerial vacancy at Loftus Road.
It is understood talks have begun with the Dutchman, with QPR seeking a successor to Chris Ramsey.
Neil Warnock, R’s boss between 2010 and 2012, has been in temporary charge since Ramsey was sacked on November 4.
Hasselbaink was appointed Burton boss in November 2014 and guided the Brewers to promotion from League Two.
Tuesday night’s defeat of Millwall helped his side to the top of League One.
The former Chelsea striker afterwards played down speculation it could have been his last game in charge.
Fulham are also reportedly interested in speaking to Hasselbaink, but QPR have blinked first.
Hasselbaink on Tuesday night said: “I can’t stop people speculating.
“It’s something I can’t control, but it’s not something that is relevant or something I need to speak about because there has not been an approach.”
Former QPR forward Trevor Sinclair, a friend of the 43-year-old, who also had spells at Leeds, Middlesbrough, Charlton and Cardiff, believes Hasselbaink could make the move.
Sinclair told to talkSPORT: “I’ve had a couple of discussions with Jim over the last few days so yes it is something that could happen.
“Obviously the contact has come out in the papers now and it is something that could happen, so watch this space.”