Former Arsenal target Pape Souare wanted by QPR

The Senegalese defender is being tracked by Harry Redknapp following the departure of Benoit Assou-Ekotto.

Assou-Ekotto spent the majority of last season on loan at Loftus Road, aiding QPR's path and eventual victory in the Championship play-off final. However, with the expiration of his short term deal, Rangers' boss Harry Redknapp is set on acquiring a left back on a permanent deal, with the Daily Mail reporting that Pape Souare is the top of the list.

The 24-year old, who currently plays for Lille in the French top-flight, has turned out 67 times in Ligue 1. He has been capped eight times for the Senegalese national team, with appearances at both the 2012 Summer Olympics and during qualification for the 2014 World Cup.

He has impressed during this past season, scoring three times in 33 games, as Les Dogues secured Champions League football with a third place finish.

It was reported in January that Arsenal had sent scouts to track the defenders progress, with Arsene Wenger said to be interested him. However, interest has died off this summer, and it could be the prime time for Harry Redknapp to capitalise on securing the players signature.

Despite a move to QPR being considered a step down, with the club not being able to offer Champions League football, an increased wage packet will greet the player - as well as the chance to appear in the Premier League.

A move for Souare would be logical for the West London club, with no reputation to speak of meaning the club can control the transfer. Unlike rumoured deals for English stalwarts Rio Ferdinand, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole, whose high standing in top-flight football will require Redknapp to offer astronomical wages, Souare would be available for relativley cheap.

If this transfer is to be completed, it would show that Redknapp and club owner Tony Fernandes are staying true to their pledge concerning the future of the club. Having already suffered relegation with a squad of ageing, overpaid stars, the management team vowed to build for the future, rather than make the same mistakes again - and Souare could be the first step on the path for a self-sufficient Premier League regular.

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