Les Ferdinand has given Premier League giants West Ham United hope ahead of a potential January swoop for Queens Park Rangers star Rob Dickie, speaking via The 72.
The Hammers lost Angelo Ogbonna to a season-ending injury in November and, as a result, David Moyes and co may have no choice but to delve into the winter market for a new defender.
Especially with their Europa League commitments stretching an already small squad to it’s limit.
West Ham have not won a single one of their three Premier League games without their Italian stallion centre-half, losing to Manchester City and Wolves before being undone by Neal Maupay’s wondrous overhead kick in midweek.
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Dickie joined QPR in a £3 million deal from Oxford United in the summer of 2020. But after helping Mark Warburton’s Rangers climb to the dizzying heights of third place, his price-tag has grown considerably.
“Obviously we want to keep our prize assets,” Ferdinand, QPR’s director of football, explained at a fans’ forum on Thursday night.
“But when offers come into the club, it’s not down to me to say ‘yes we accept it or we don’t’. It’s something I have to put to the board.
“I don’t want to sell (our best players). I didn’t want to sell (Ebere) Eze (to Crystal Palace) because I felt, with Eze in the side this season, we’d have a better chance of getting promoted. But the money was too good for us to turn down.
“So the situation is, if the right offer comes in for a player, we have to sell.”
Dickie, who was linked with both Wolves and Burnley in August, started the season with a remarkable four goals in six games from centre-half, including a couple of long-range screamers.
It is his skills at the other end of the pitch that have really caught the eye, however, not to mention an ability to turn defence into attack with one of those trademark marauding runs out of the back.