Massimo Luongo could convince Trent Sainsbury his future lies at QPR

Massimo Luongo and Trent Sainsbury of Australia look on during a training session at Arasen Stadion on March 21, 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

Trent Sainsbury was dropped to Jiangsu Suning's reserve team on Friday and a move away China looks more likely. Could his future be at QPR ?

Trent Sainsbury and  Massimo Luongo celebrate winning the 2015 Asian Cup match between Oman and Australia at ANZ Stadium on January 13, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.

Despite Massimo Luongo's lack of game time at the World Cup in Russia, the Queens Park Rangers midfielder can go a long way to convincing fellow countryman Trent Sainsbury his immediate future lies in west London. 

The Australian duo endured mixed emotions during the Socceroos group stage exit, with Luongo failing to get on the pitch - and Sainsbury considered to be the standout performer in defence. 

According to the Sun on Sunday (24/6, pg 60) Championship rivals Aston Villa were reported to be interested in a move for Sainsbury but nothing has since materialised. 

Luongo and Sainsbury made their international debuts four years ago and the pair are considered to be friends off the pitch. With QPR still seeking new defensive recruits, Sainsbury could fit the bill for Steve McClaren's side. 

Sainsbury, 26, is valued at £1million (TransferMarkt), and his contract expires in December - so even on QPR's strict budget, a deal would be possible. 

Trent Sainsbury of Australia in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

QPR have already lost three defenders this window, with Toni Leistner the only new addition to date and it's likely the pair would fill the centre-half roles if Sainsbury did rock up at Loftus Road. 

Trent Sainsbury of Australia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26, 2018 in Sochi, Russia.

 

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