Matt Smith struggled at Fulham but he could be ideal for QPR

Queens Park Rangers manager Ian Holloway

The Fulham striker is reportedly closing in on a move to London rivals QPR.

Ian Holloway may have finally found the answer to QPR’s goal-scoring problems with Get West London reporting that they are closing in on Fulham’s £1million-rated target man Matt Smith.

Rangers are one of only three Championship sides to have averaged less than a goal a game this season while the January departures of Sebastian Polter and Tjaronn Chery, the club’s joint second-top scorers, has hardly helped improve their productivity in attack.

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However, after interest in Arouna Kone (below) and Danny Ward came to nothing, Get West London claims that QPR have turned their attention to the 6ft 6ins striker warming the bench of their local rivals.

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Smith has only scored twice in seven Championship starts this season and, on the face of it, represents a rather uninspiring addition especially when considering the fact that, in 92 second tier appearances for Fulham and Leeds United, he has only mustered 21 goals.

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However, it may be Smith’s style, as opposed to his statistics, that has caught Holloway’s eye.

The manager told West London Sport recently that he was searching for an alternative option up top and Smith’s towering height and consequent aerial ability would provide QPR with a much needed Plan B.

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Furthermore, with winger Luke Freeman closing in on his protracted move from Bristol City, Rangers could have a player with the vision and delivery to supply the ammunition for the target man.

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