QPR should pursue free agent Toni Leistner as the defender leaves FC Union Berlin

Dortmund's Columbian striker Adrian Ramos and BerlinĀ“s Toni Leistner vie for the ball during the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v 1 FC Union Berlin...

The 2. Bundesliga player has run down his contract and would make a superb signing for Steve McClaren's QPR

Steve McClaren poses for a photo, as he is officially unveiled as the Queens Park Rangers new manager at Loftus Road on May 21, 2018 in London, England.

Queens Park Rangers boss Steve McClaren is in need of defenders, and Toni Leistner could be exactly what the R's are looking for. 

Leistner will be leaving FC Union Berlin after four years of service with the 2. Bundesliga club and had previously gained interest at QPR's Championship rivals Norwich City. 

Berlin´s Toni Leistner reacts after the German Cup DFB Pokal second round football match BVB Borussia Dortmund v 1 FC Union Berlin in Dortmund, western Germany on October 26, 2016.

QPR are keen to fill the void left by Nedum Onouha and Jack Robinson, and Leistner can go some way to fill that. The 6'3" centre-back would certainly add a genuine presence to QPR's back line as McClaren will be aiming to stop the R's shipping so many goals this season. 

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A grand total of 70 were conceded by the west Londoners last campaign and if Leistner was added to the ranks, the R's faithful will be hoping for a lighter tally this time around.

According to WhoScored, the 27-year-old wins 6.4 aerial duels per game and averages 1.6 tackles per game. Admittedly, a higher tackle ratio would make for better reading, but Leistner has averaged 55 passes per game with a success rate of just under 80% (all based on 2017/18 season). Something which demonstrates a calmness with the ball at his feet. 

Steve McClaren poses for a photo, as he is officially unveiled as the Queens Park Rangers new manager at Loftus Road on May 21, 2018 in London, England.

QPR, however, will only be one of a number of clubs who can benefit from Leistner's prescience and experience, but McClaren can potentially pull off a small coup if he convinces him his future lies in W12. Leistner made 29 league appearances last season and scored one goal as Berlin missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga. 

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