SIMON COX is being lined up for a £1.5m switch to QPR, writes Paul Warburton.
The Swindon striker has caught the attention of Rangers after a scintillating season in which the 21-year-old has found the back of the net 27 times in 45 appearances. And what is particularly impressive, is that he's done it for a struggling side. The Robins are languishing in 18th place - only three points outside the drop zone.
And it would help a Rangers bid if cash-strapped Swindon eventually end up in the League's basement.
There was some thought at Loftus Road that another League One hotshot, Gary Hooper, might fit the bill as Rangers look to replace Dexter Blackstock - on his way to Nottingham Forest in a £2m permanent deal in the summer.
But, although Hooper has only needed to look at a ball for it to fly in for another Scunthorpe goal this season, Rs bosses are mindful of his no-show on the scorers chart when he was at Southend last season.
An Rs source said: "If Scunthorpe also get promoted, they're likely to be in the same league as QPR - which might make it harder to get him. That, and Cox looks a better bet anyway." [25cf] The FA Disciplinary Committee demanded a DVD of the incident that saw Paulo Sousa sent to the stands just before half-time in QPR's goalless draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday.
The Rs' Portuguese boss sat among his injured players in the second half after he took exception to the treatment meted out to striker Sammy Di Carmine.
An Rs spokesman said: "It's not unusual for the FA to want a DVD to go with the referee's report to help make up their minds over what to do next."