Report: Leeds turn to other targets after cooling interest in QPR star

Date published: Monday 8th July 2019 2:11 - Robert McCarthy

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Leeds United have reportedly cooled their interest in QPR midfielder Massimo Luongo as Marcelo Bielsa pursues other targets instead.

Both Leeds and Nottingham Forest have shown an interest in the Australian star, who has a year remaining on his contract at Loftus Road, but London Football News reports that Bielsa has now ditched any potential move for the 26-year-old.

West London Sport had reported last month that Rangers were looking to sell Luongo and were in talks over a deal for Luke Freeman to join Sheffield United, who have since completed his switch to Bramall Lane.

Indeed, Luongo was left out of the squad for QPR’s pre-season trip to Austria ahead of an expected Loftus Road exit.

At this stage, it would appear that Rangers boss Mark Warburton no longer has Luongo in his plans, confirming to the club’s website: “Massimo has been a loyal servant of the club for the last four years and his passion and commitment for QPR has always been there for everyone to see out on the pitch.

“Massimo’s future could now lie away from QPR and therefore it is important that we prepare for that potential eventuality.

“We will give opportunities in Austria to some of the club’s younger players who have come through the academy, such as Charlie Owens and Charlie Rowan.”

Leeds, meanwhile, are continuing their busy summer of recruitment – with several players already arriving – while the likes of Kalvin Phillips and Kemar Roofe are being tipped to follow Pontus Jansson out of the club.


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