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Rangers linked with move for Australian international midfielder

Rangers have been linked to QPR's Massimo Luongo in the January transfer window.

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"Rangers linked with Ballon D'Or nominee" is not a sentence we thought we'd be writing on this website until the summer at least, but clearly we're making a lot of progress under Mr Warburton and Davie Weir.

The target in question is QPR's Massimo Luongo, who is Rangers' next transfer target according to Australia's SBS, with MK Dons and Middlesbrough reported to be in the running too. A skillful Australian defensive midfielder formerly of Tottenham Hotspur and Swindon Town (and yes, he was nominated, look it up.)

Luongo's not really fitted in at QPR since signing, and they have a new manager in Jimmy Floyd Haisselbaink who might not fancy him. So there are two questions here: would he fit, and is it likely?

He'd undoubtedly fit, for sure - he appears to be a very tidy footballer, a key player in the Australia national team and QPR fans seem bemused that he can't seem to get in the side.

Is it likely? Well, he just joined in the summer. For three and a half million pounds. Now, this move is probably an alternative to the now-unlikely-looking deal for Toumani Diagouraga, but surely QPR aren't going to take anywhere near enough of a hit to put him within our price range, even if we are betting that we can sell him for a higher price. Even if they've decided to sell him.

So, to be blunt, we can't really see this happening. We'll keep our eyes open to see if any other media outlet picks this up with their own information or sources, but we'd be surprised.