It’s something of a surprise that John Akinde has been largely absent from the gossip columns this summer.
The Nigerian goal machine plundered 26 goals in 46 games in League Two for Barnet last season, bettering his tally of 23 from 2015/16. In total, he has scored 80 times in 131 league games for the London club since arriving from Alfreton Town.
However, while former Grimsby Town talisman Omar Bogle earned a move to Wigan Athletic on the back of prolific form in England’s fourth tier, and Doncaster Rovers’ John Marquis has attracted plenty of attention from higher up the footballing pyramid, it’s only now that Akinde is starting to be linked with a move away.
According to All Nigeria Soccer, Queens Park Rangers are willing to hand Akinde an opportunity in the Championship – a division he hasn’t stepped foot in since leaving Bristol City six years ago.
Ian Holloway’s side could clearly benefit from the addition of a new striker. They finished just two points above the drop zone last season and scored fewer goals than relegated Blackburn Rovers.
Conor Washington has started the season in form, scoring twice in two Championship games, but the arrival of Akinde would provide Holloway with some much needed depth in attack.
However, All Nigeria Soccer report that QPR could face competition from London rivals Charlton Athletic, the League One side on the lookout for reinforcements after selling Tony Watt to Belgian outfit OH Leuven.