Queens Park Rangers Set To Bid For Josh Sims
Wednesday, 6th Jan 2021 09:45
Josh Sims loan at Doncaster Rovers is set to end on January 16th when he will be due to return to Southampton, but it seems another club have set their sights on him with QPR said to be about to make an offer.
Doncaster Rovers will be keen to keep Josh Sims on their books for the second half of the League One season as they try to secure promotion to the Championship.
However there is doubt about whether they can risk his wages on the books with the current Covid 19 restrictions meaning there has to be some doubt as to whether the League One season can be completed.
It is also highly unlikely that Sims will be fit enough to play until early February at least after suffering a hamstring injury in late December that is estimated will keep him out for 6 weeks.
But one club who are interested in signing him are QPR and they are said to be about to try and negotiate a permanent transfer for Sims.
The London side are struggling against relegation from the Championship at the moment and are only two points above the drop zone and see Sims as an option to boost their chances of survival.
QPR want a permanent deal, but given that Sims is out of contract at the end o the season their is likely to be a minimum fee paid, it is more likely that the main part of the deal will be that they have to take on his full contract payments including bonus's due in the summer, therefore relieving Saints of the financial burden of having to meet any shortfalls up as they have to do in his current deal at Doncaster.
However there could be leeway for a small fee, but nothing to write home about.
Sims has always been a popular player with Saints supporters, but he has not proved to be rated as highly by a number of Saints manager's and Ralph Hasenhuttl has more faith in the likes of Nathan Tella to be the future of Southampton rather than Sims.
The winger has played 20 Premier League games for Saints, but only 4 of them have been in the starting line up, the last of his batch of appearances cam after he returned from a loan spell in the second half of the 2018/19 season, when Ralph used him on 7 occasions, however with his last appearance being almost two years ago now it is clear that his future lies away from St Mary's
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