Earlier this afternoon it was being reported that fresh from knocking back a bid from Blackburn Rovers for midfielder Luke Freeman, Middlesbrough and Tony Pulis had reignited their earlier interest in the player and come back to Loftus Road with an improved bid.
To save overly repeating the bulk of the story.
Suffice to say, no speculation was offered in terms of what the ‘increased’ bid could be from the Riverside Stadium outfit and there was no word on whether Blackburn continued to have an interest after their rejection, nor whether Sheffield United who had also been linked earlier with a move, had firmed up interest of their own in the 26-year-old.
Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes took the time to respond personally to one man a few days ago to state that Freeman was not for sale this window and fans are desperate to see him hold to his word despite our known financial position in terms of Financial Fair Play.
Reacting to the latest development on social media, some fans believed that without Freeman we are going down this year and a stronger message can’t be made from the fan base in my humble.
maybe the money will go towards keeping the club afloat rather than spending it on more players
— David Barton (@dave_barton76) August 9, 2018
By the time the deal is done we'll have no time. Plus not too sensible to splash that cash so quickly is it. But suppose this is QPR we're on about
— Will Pound (@will_pound) August 9, 2018
Thank f he goes I’ll be very angry seeing how this morning Tony Fernandes tweeted me personally to assure me Freeman wasn’t for sake!!! #QPR
— SDRangersmad (@Sandyhoops) August 9, 2018
I'm saying this now, if Freeman leaves we are going down #QPR
— Jonny Naidoo (@JonnyNaidoo) August 9, 2018
Freeman is going to Boro #QPR
— The Hart Project/ Hart & Neenan (@TheHartProject1) August 9, 2018
*Summer, not season. Obvs.
— Alan Simpson (@alansimps1984) August 9, 2018
There is no benefit to selling Freeman unless it is going to fund the 20 goal striker that we are desperate for. #QPR
— Chris (@c_worthing) August 9, 2018
It is entirely the boards fault, because we are in no position to sell due to having no replacement for him and due to the FFP will be restricted in January it is entirely their fault and theirs alone lack of investment and vision #qpr #tonyout
— Jamie McKee (@jamieqprmckee) August 9, 2018
i reckon 50/50 he’ll go this window… #QPR
— Allen Edd ???????? (@Fili_Edd) August 9, 2018
— Taylor (@Taylor63758821) August 9, 2018
It could be a very long hour as fans wait for 5pm to tick by and then we cross fingers that the preliminary paperwork hadn’t moved to enable an extension. By 6pm we should be safe on Freeman, or in meltdown – one of the two.