Queens Park Rangers are considering a raid on Manchester United for out-of-favour midfielder Tom Cleverley, FootballDirectNews.com understands. A source close to Loftus Road told FDN the England international is high on the list of summer transfer window targets who can now be pursued following QPR’s promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Harry Redknapp’s team edged out Derby County 1-0 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Saturday despite playing for the last 30 minutes of the contest with 10 men, following Gary O’Neil’s dismissal. Bobby Zamora’s 90th-minute strike ensured the London outfit returned to the top flight at the first time of asking and are now able to pursue the more high-profile names they identified when compiling a list of names to chase.
The club insider revealed QPR are quietly confident that Cleverley’s fall down the pecking order at Old Trafford means he could be interested in embarking on a fresh challenge, with the promise of regular first-team football. Cleverley’s contract with the Red Devils comes to an end upon the conclusion of the 2014-15 campaign and his lack of playing time at United also saw the 24-year-old lose his place in the England side.