Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen has been linked with a permanent switch to Queens Park Rangers having impressed since his January loan move.
The 30-year-old former Norway international has scored three times in 16 appearances for the Hoops, providing additional experience and Premier League quality in Mark Warburton’s midfield.
Johansen’s parent club, Fulham, have flirted with Premier League safety this campaign but they currently lie six points clear of 17th having played a game more than the team above them – Newcastle. With just six games left, survival looks increasingly unlikely.
With a £30 million transfer spend during the 2020/21 season and the millions poured into stadium re-development, Scott Parker’s side will no doubt be forced into a squad re-shuffle if they do face the drop, leaving Johansen’s future up in the air.
Former QPR striker Kevin Gallen told West London Sport: “For me, I would go for Johansen because I just think he’s a quality player. He’s fit and he’s got a good few years left in him.
“His consistency – I don’t think he’s been lower than a seven out of 10. He can see passes and he can release the ball at the right time. He’s a good all-round player.”
The Hoops sit comfortably in mid-table, allowing them an extended period to plan ahead for next season. A midfielder with Premier League quality and 55 international caps, right in the spine of their team, is unlikely to hinder a future promotion push.
Although Warburton has recently commented on the limits of QPR’s spending power relative to others in the Championship, the impressive Johansen’s permanent signature could be edging up their list of transfer priorities.