Queens Park Rangers are willing to pay £500,000 for Northampton Town captain Charlie Goode with Oxford United’s Rob Dickie also in their sights, according to the West London Sport.
While QPR are in danger of losing their three most important attackers this summer, with Ebere Eze and Bright Osayi-Samuel potentially set to follow Jordan Hugill out of the door, Mark Warburton’s is focused firmly on the other end of the pitch.
Only two teams conceded more Championship goals (a staggering 76) than Rangers in 2019/20.
If Warburton wants to close the gap between mid-table and the top six, the Londoners simply cannot afford to be so porous at the back next time around.
Reports today claim that QPR have identified two of the Football League’s rising defensive stars as the men capable of plugging the sizeable gaps in front of Joe Lumley’s net.
Oxford’s Player of the Season Dickie is by far the most expensive of the two at £3 million, according to the Mirror (August 9, page 65).
Likened to Harry Maguire due to his ability to withstand aerial bombardment before starting attacks at the other end with a trademark diagonal, the U’s skipper was arguably the best centre-half in League One last season as Oxford reached the play-off final.
But while Karl Robinson’s side lost to Wycombe in the decider, QPR’s other defensive target was soaking up the champagne on Wembley way.
Goode, Northampton’s 6ft 4ins captain, enjoyed a stellar season of his own as Keith Curle’s Cobblers joined Oxford in League One, battering Exeter City 4-0 at the national stadium in June.
WSL claims that QPR are willing to pay £500,000 for his signature, but that is just half of the fee Northampton are demanding (TEAMtalk).
QPR have work to do. But at least they are showing some desire to solve their well-publicised Achilles heel.