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West Brom monitoring QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel

QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel is one of the players Albion are monitoring ahead of the transfer window reopening, the Express & Star understands.

QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel

With it not yet known if or when football will return – the Baggies have compiled two lists of transfer targets for the 2020/21 campaign.

Head coach Slaven Bilic and technical director Luke Dowling have identified players depending on whether they are competing in the Premier League or Championship next season.

And Osayi-Samuel is a player they are interested in.

The 22-year-old has been one of QPR’s standout performers – having scored five goals and registered eight assists this season.

That form has alerted a host of clubs with Belgian side Club Brugge seeing a £3million bid rejected earlier this week.

It is not known if Osayi-Samuel is on Albion’s list for the Championship or Premier League.

But he could be on both with the wideman fitting the mould for what the Baggies look for when targeting new recruits. Dowling had huge success last summer snapping up Romaine Sawyers from Brentford, Semi Ajayi from Rotherham and Darnell Furlong from QPR, – with all three arriving for reasonable fees. The trio also had significant Championship experience as well the potential to improve and potentially be sold for a profit in the future.

Primarily a right-winger, Osayi-Samuel is also able to play on the left.

His contract at Loftus Road was due to expire this summer, but in February QPR activated a clause to extend the deal by a further 12 months. The London outfit are keen for Osayi-Samuel to sign a long-term contract, but it remains to be seen whether he is willing to commit his future to the club.

Whether in the Premier League or Championship, Albion look likely to bolster their squad in wide areas when the transfer window reopens.

Both Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson have shone for he Baggies in wide areas this season.

But they will return to West Ham and Sheffield United respectively when their loans come to an end.

Reports in Turkey have also linked the Baggies with a £6million move for Besiktas winger Adem Ljajic.

The former Manchester United, Roma and Inter Milan winger has scored five goals and registered seven assists for the Super Lig giants this season – he played against Wolves in the Europa League as well.

Ljajic, who began his career at Partizan, has also scored nine goals in 45 international appearances for Serbia.

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