Report: QPR fail in proposed swap deal for Wigan playmaker Shaun Maloney

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QPR have reportedly missed out on a deal to exchange winger Matt Phillips for Wigan playmaker Shaun Maloney.

According to West London Sport, Queens Park Rangers have failed in a bid to exchange winger Matt Phillips for Wigan playmaker Shaun Maloney.

Maloney, 31, is mostly known for his time with Celtic, but is now playing with Wigan Athletic, who are struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table.

With his contract set to expire at the end of the season, teams have been queuing up to sign him, with Leicester City and even Celtic reportedly monitoring his situation, according to BBC and the Daily Mail respectively.

Now, West London Sport are reporting that Queens Park Rangers have been trying to sign Maloney too, with a swap deal offered up by Harry Redknapp's men.

They suggest that winger Matt Phillips had been offered in exchange for Maloney, only for the former Blackpool winger to reject a move back to the DW Stadium.

Phillips has played just 511 minutes for the R's this season, and it appears that the 23-year-old will be allowed to leave if the right offer comes in.

That won't be a move to Wigan though, and it virtually ends QPR's hopes of landing Maloney, as West London Sport also report that the Scottish international will move to Leicester City instead.

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