Queens Park Rangers will be desperate to hang onto Jake Bidwell this summer. The left-back was one of Ian Holloway’s most consistent players last season as QPR limped to survival, finishing just two points above the bottom three.
Yet, The Nottingham Post claims that they face a fight hanging onto the former Everton prospect with Nottingham Forest keen. The East Midland giants, who finished three places lower than QPR in 2016/17, are in the market for a new left-back after releasing Dani Pinillos at the end of the season.
QPR’s Jake Bidwell
And manager Mark Warburton is certainly more than aware of Bidwell’s talent, having signing him from Everton at former club Brentford in 2013.
"He has displayed a maturity beyond his years and his all-round professionalism both on and off the pitch is an outstanding example for all other young players,” Warburton told the BBC at the time of the highly-rated left-back, who had spent the previous two season on loan at Griffin Park.
However, it appears that Forest have now turned their attentions elsewhere. Because The Mail claims that Warburton is interested in signing another young Everton left-back – this time Brendan Galloway.
The 21-year-old faces an uncertain future at Goodison Park after failing to impress on loan at West Brom and a move to Nottingham Forest, either permanent or temporary, could give him the minutes he needs to kick-start his career.
Everton's Brendan Galloway
And this will be music to the ears of QPR fans. Bidwell is a player Holloway would be loath to lose this summer but, after signing him in a three-year deal potentially rising to £2.3 million last summer, as reported by the BBC, they would not let him go on the cheap.
With Financial Fair Play restrictions impeding Forest’s spending, signing Galloway on loan appears a much more viable option.