QPR trigger contracts of two star players; free agent expected to sign

Date published: Thursday 20th February 2020 11:04 - Jo Harrison

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Queens Park Rangers are considering a deal to sign forward Marco Ramkilde – with the free agent having impressed during a trial at Loftus Road, according to reports.

The 21-year-old, who has represented Denmark at several youth levels, was released by mutual consent after his contract expired at former Danish club Aalborg BK in 2019.

Ramkilde was in the fold for Rangers’ last under-23 outing against Watford, where goals from Aramide Oteh (two) and Olamide Shodipo secured a dramatic 3-2 victory.

QPR have also triggered options to extend the contracts of midfielders Bright Osayi-Samuel and Ryan Manning until the summer of 2021.

Manning, who can operate as a left-back or midfielder, joined the South London club from Galway United in 2015 and has scored five goals in 82 appearances for the club.

Meanwhile, Osayi Samuel – a January target for West Bromwich Albion and Burnley – has also impressed in the first team fold after joining from Blackpool in 2017.

The pacey forward joined after coming through the ranks with the Tangerines – and the 22-year-old has continued to impress under Mark Warburton this campaign, with five goals and five assists from 25 Championship appearances – including a goal in their 4-2 win over Stoke last-time out.

Speaking via QPR’s official website, Director of football Les Ferdinand said: “Exercising the option to extend the deals of Ryan and Bright is recognition of how well they have done for us over the past three years.

“They have both worked incredibly hard to become important members of Mark Warbuton’s squad, and as such they are valuable assets to QPR.

“We will be contiuing discussions with Bright and Ryan as we look to extend their deals further.”

Warburton’s side, who are the third highest scoring side in the division, travel to the City Ground on Saturday to face an in-form Nottingham Forest side chasing promotion.



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