Report: QPR's Arouna Kone deal off; Matty Taylor would be better signing

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway

The Everton striker appears to have no future at Goodison Park but he won't be rocking up at Loftus Road either.

Queens Park Rangers’ hopes of adding Arouna Kone to their ranks look over, West London Sport reports, but this could be the perfect opportunity to reignite their interest in Bristol Rovers goal machine Matty Taylor.

The 33-year-old veteran hardly appeared the most inspiring of signings for a QPR team struggling at the wrong end of the Championship table, especially as he has just 43 minutes of league action under his belt all season at Everton.

Nonetheless, with Idrissa Sylla top scoring with just six, Sebastian Polter departing and Tjaronn Chery likely to follow him out of the exit door, the capital club were reportedly keen on signing the former Wigan striker on loan this month as is their desire for a new goalscorer.

Everton's Arouna Kone celebrates scoring their fourth goal

However, West London Sport reports that any prospective deal is now off as The Toffees want QPR to pay the majority of Kone’s £40,000-per-week wages – something Rangers aren’t prepared to accept.

Yet, manager Ian Holloway could be better served turning their attention to a striker both younger and, in terms of wages at least, cheaper; Bristol Rovers’ Matty Taylor.

The 25-year-old scored for fun in League Two last season and has continued his prolific streak in the third tier, netting 15 times and reportedly attracting the attention of a number of Championship clubs.

Matty Taylor of Bristol Rovers and Jazz Richards of Cardiff City in action

The Bristol Post claims that Taylor has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave for less than £1 million, meaning he would represent a sound investment for a side desperate for goals.

More so than the ageing, injury-prone Kone anyway.

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