Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin is set to offered a Premier League lifeline by Queens Park Rangers, with L'Equipe reporting that the Hoops view the French anchor a cut-price option capable of boosting their fight for survival this season.
Coquelin is very much a peripheral figure at Arsenal despite returning to the fold for pre-season training this season, following a wholly unsuccessful loan spell in the Bundesliga with Freiburg.
The 23-year-old's stock has definitely fallen over the last 12 months, but a clutch of French clubs remain interested in reviving his career and QPR have now joined the race for his signature.
Arsene Wenger to have final say
Despite featuring for Arsenal on 43 occasions either side of a loan switch to Lorient in 2011 there definitely looks a need for Coquelin to move on and prevent a promising career from stagnating further, but he has already spurned interest from FC Tours this summer.
The French youth international has less than a year left on his current Arsenal deal and featured at the Emirates Cup in a bid to prove his first-team credentials to Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, but with midfield options plentiful in North London a starting spot looks out of the question.
Wenger has not ruled out the possibility of keeping Coquelin as cover after snubbing the chance to add a quality holding midfielder this summer, although it will be very difficult for the the Arsenal manager to stand in Coquelin's way if he's thrown a surprise Premier League lifeline elsewhere.
Hoops boss Harry Redknapp is definitely on the lookout for energetic reinforcements in midfield and has tabled offers for Jonathan de Guzman and Leroy Fer in the last week, but Coquelin would be a cheaper alternative that also possesses Premier League experience.
De Guzman looks all set to join Napoli for around £6 million over the next 48 hours, which means that despite closing on a deal for Fer the Hoops would be willing to take a gamble on the tough-tackling Gunner on a short-term basis.
Expect Hoops boss Harry Redknapp to be very busy in the transfer market before the window slams shut, with Coquelin just one of the options being considered with a view to last-ditch bid in the next fortnight.
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