Queens Park Rangers are lining up a bid to bring Arsenal’s Francis Coquelin on a season-long loan to Loftus Road, reports talkSPORT. The 23 year old has already experienced 2 loan spells away from the Emirates Stadium, but he is yet to represent another Premier League side.
Coquelin is a defensive midfielder for the Gunners, but has failed to significantly break into Arsene Wenger’s first team until now. Since joining the Gunners in 2008, the player has spent the 2010/11 season on loan at Lorient, and last year he was at Freiburg.
QPR are hoping that they can keep him in England this year, however, as Redknapp looks to add more youth and energy into his midfield. Arsenal are only likely to agree to the loan deal if Rangers are prepared to give Coquelin enough playing time, however, as the player is still viewed as a future prospect at the club, and Wenger is keen to continue his development.
TalkSPORT suggests that QPR will face opposition for the player’s signature, especially from the French Ligue 1. The Hoops believe that their interest in the FA Youth Cup winner is more advanced than their rivals, however, and hope to sign him within the week. Should Coquelin make the switch across London to the Rs then he will become the 6th signing of the summer, behind the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker and Mauricio Isla.