Report: QPR make official approach for Ajax striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, face competition from Lille

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Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is keen on leaving Eredivisie side Ajax this January.

Sigthorsson has not enjoyed a positive season with the Dutch champions, scoring just five goals in 14 games, and being overlooked in favour of Polish youngster Arkadiusz Milik.

The 24-year-old Icelandic international was linked with a move away from Amsterdam over the summer, and both QPR and Swansea City were said to be keen on signing him, although nothing came around, and he eventually extended his contract with de Joden until 2016.

However, the extension to his contract has done little to improve his situation at the Amsterdam ArenA, and reports have revealed that he is supposedly unhappy with Frank de Boer’s treatment of him - leading him to look for a move away. His brother and agent is engineering such a move, and he is quoted by SoccerNews as saying: “I hope he leaves quickly. A player with the qualities of Kolbeinn needs weekly 90 minute appearances in his own position.”

The knowledge that their former target has requested a transfer has once again piqued the interest of QPR, and the same report indicates that they have submitted a formal offer for the striker. However, they face competition from Ligue 1 side Lille OSC, who are still looking to provide competition for Divock Origi, although Sigthorsson could be guaranteed playing time with Les Dogues should Origi leave the club to join parent team Liverpool this month.

They are said to be willing to offer ‘several million’ in an attempt to secure the hitman’s signature, and the knowledge that he could receive consistent first-team football could sway him towards a move to France. Should he move to Rangers, he would be competing with crowd favourite Charlie Austin, who has been a revelation this season, and one of the few positives of the R’s current campaign. With no guarantee that he would displace Austin, the Icelandic forward may be looking further afield that Loftus Road as he prepares to leave Ajax this month.

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