The Craig Mackail-Smith transfer saga has taken another twist with the news that QPR are still in the race to sign the Peterborough striker.
Last Friday, Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony told the BBC that he “expected” his star forward to join up with Sven Goran-Eriksson at Leicester.
However, QPR have moved back into contention as they seek to improve their chances of finishing outside the bottom three.
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In an interview with Talk Sport, Peterborough director of football Barry Fry said that Mackail-Smith has yet to decide whether to play for a promotion-chasing Championship club or chance his luck in the Premier League next season.
“I can tell you that the chairman has accepted three bids and given three clubs permission to speak to Craig and his agent; two of those clubs, West Ham and Leicester, have spoken to them,” he told the news provider.
“Prior to that Neil Warnock at QPR was given permission to talk to him but I haven’t spoken to Craig for three days so he obviously hasn’t agreed terms with West Ham or Leicester.”
Fry’s admission that a move to Loftus Road could still be on the agenda is surprising given his suggestion last week Mackail-Smith had turned down the Hoops’ advances.
This was supposedly on the grounds that there were question marks over the future of Warnock, forcing QPR into publicly stating that the 62-year-old’s job was not under threat.
Rangers’ first match back in the Premier League following promotion will be at Loftus Road against Owen Coyle’s Bolton on 13th August, with QPR Bolton odds pointing to a home win.
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