It's no so much what Ian Holloway said - it's what he didn't say about Bristol City's Luke Freeman that's breathed life into the deal.

The on-off saga over the Robins wideman took a new twist when Freeman ruled himself out of City's FA Cup defeat to Burnley, as boss Lee Johnson admitted.

But after QPR’s earlier reported £250,000 bid for the Bristol City wingman was turned down flat, Ollie was unequivocal about the chances of signing striker Danny Ward from Rotherham - less so about Freeman.

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He said: "I don’t think they want to sell Ward; that doesn't look like it's going to happen.

"I'll talk about Freeman if he’s my player.

"If he’s my player I’m going to talk about him – if he’s not, I’m not going to talk about him."

As GetWestLondon pointed out, the player holds all the cards with his current City deal due to expire in the summer.

Earlier, Rangers boss Ian Holloway even had a Robins fan give him grief over the on-off situation.

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He said: “A Bristol City fan shouted at me in his car when I was down in Bristol, but get your facts right.

“The fact is if you're letting your players run out of contract, and they've only got six months to go, that's your fault not anyone else's.”

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