QPR director of football Les Ferdinand has admitted that Crystal Palace made a move for attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze in the January window.
While the Premier League legend was on the Beautiful Game podcast, he discussed how Rangers would have an uphill task in keeping him at the club, and how Roy Hodgson’s side showed concrete interest later in the transfer window.
The fact that teams are interested in the player should come as no surprise to fans. So far this season, the player has 12 goals and eight assists to his name, and he has consistently been linked to Premier League clubs over the past year – including Tottenham Hotspur.
Ferinand told the podcast: “Crystal Palace made an enquiry, but we never got to any fee or any negotiations in terms of what it was going to take. They made an enquiry about him and that was it.
“I think that is out of our hands. We may get an offer we can’t refuse.”
Supporters will be crossing their fingers in the hope that he does not depart in the summer, but unfortunately, the QPR chief’s words are not likely to fill them with confidence.
Ferdinand discussed how he believes he has the quality to make it at the highest level, and when you look at his statistics this season, it is very hard to disagree.
If Eze had to go, where would you like to see him?
For an attacking midfield player, he seems to have it all. Not only has he contributed towards 20 goals this season, but his all-round statistics also back up the quality he has.
From the 37 league games this season, Eze averages 3 dribbles per game, 1.9 key passes per game and has an average passing success rate of 86.4 per cent, showing that this player has more strings to his bow than just dribbling ability.
For Crystal Palace, you can see why they would target such a player due to Wilfried Zaha being perenially linked away, and they could see him as the long-term replacement for the Ivory Coast international.
Rangers fans, on the other hand, will be wanting to see the former Millwall youngster play at the highest level possible, so a move to Spurs might be preferred for them.
Nevertheless, as long as the club picks up the £20m as reported by the Sun, then that will go a long way to strengthening the squad