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QPR looking to sign keeper and let Liam Kelly leave

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QPR are looking to usher in a brand new goalkeeper and enable Liam Kelly to leave.

Kelly, 25, spent the second half of final season on mortgage at Motherwell, who’re eager to sign him on a everlasting deal.

Rangers initially deliberate for Kelly to return as cowl for Seny Dieng following Joe Lumley’s current departure.

The out-of-contract Lumley rejected a brand new deal so as to sign for Middlesbrough.

But Kelly has made it clear he doesn’t need to return to QPR to sit on the bench.

Another mortgage transfer for Kelly, who has two years left on his contract, would merely contain Rangers paying his wages to ensure that him to play elsewhere.

Lumley just lately agreed a transfer to Middlesbrough

That just isn’t a lovely possibility provided that teen Joe Walsh is possible to exit on mortgage subsequent season and Dillon Barnes may additionally be loaned out.

It has due to this fact been determined that Kelly can go for a small switch price if one other back-up keeper is signed.

Various choices are being thought-about, together with Andy Lonergan, though stories the 37-year-old is on the verge of signing for the membership are untimely.

Rangers are nonetheless discussing whether or not to usher in a youthful keeper as a possible stand-in or go for expertise.

The Ward connection

Lonergan is approaching the tip of a short-term contract at West Brom, the place he has not performed.

The season earlier than final he had spells as back-up keeper at Liverpool and Stoke with out making a league look. He had one outing for Stoke within the Carabao Cup.

He is well-known to QPR goalkeeping coach Gavin Ward, who had a two-year keep at Preston as a participant throughout Lonergan’s 11 years on the Lancashire membership.

Ward was largely chargeable for Barnes’ shock transfer to west London in 2019.

Barnes has not made an look for Rangers however was just lately given a brand new one-year contract. Last season he had spells on mortgage at Hibernian and Burton Albion.

There have thus far been no enquiries about Dieng regardless of hypothesis about his future ensuing from his performances since leapfrogging each Lumley and Kelly to turn into first-choice keeper.

The present expectation is that Dieng shall be at QPR subsequent season – and that has added to Kelly’s reluctance to return.

Motherwell are favourites to sign Kelly however different Scottish golf equipment have been made conscious of his potential availability.

He was signed from Livingston for £50,000 on a four-year deal in 2019 however has managed simply 19 Championship appearances.