Report: QPR poised to sign ex-Tottenham talent Massimo Luongo ahead of Aston Villa

Queens Park Rangers manager Chris Ramsey appears to have stolen a march on former colleague Tim Sherwood for the signing of Massimo Luongo.

Luongo joined Swindon Town from Spurs for £400,000 in 2013 and has impressed at the League One club this season. Spurs are rumoured to have inserted a buy-back clause when they sold him, with the player himself admitting to SBS The World Game that 'they could buy me back for what they sold me for'.

It would appear he doesn’t feature in any White Hart Lane plans, however, and this has left the door open for QPR and Villa to swoop in.

Aston Villa were favourites for his signature, considering their Premier League status, and Sherwood was spotted at Swindon during their League One play-off semi-final against Sheffield United.

QPR now seem to be the front-runners, as per BBC Sport, with a rumoured £3.5 million being the figure to prise away both Luongo and Swindon team-mate Ben Gladwin in a joint deal. Spurs could be set for a bit of a windfall as a sell-on clause as high as 50% is believed to feature in Luongo’s contract.

As well as his league form, Luongo also starred on the international stage for Australia in their recent Asia Cup campaign and has left Spurs fans wondering if he might be one that got away.

Luongo’s signing would be a real coup for the R’s and the bright, technically sound and combative midfielder will add much needed to drive to their midfield as they look to rebuild and bounce straight back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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