QPR will need to pay Glasgow Rangers around £300,000 if they want Mark Warburton back in west London.

The former Brentford boss was on Hoops short list in February before the club stuck by coach Chris Ramsey.

After the latter was dismissed last week, Rangers drew up a short list of candidates, but GetWestLondon understands any move for Warburton won’t come free.

The man who guided Brentford to the Championship play-off last term left Griffin Park because he was unhappy at the club’s new direction where a sporting director would have a major say in choosing transfer targets.

Rangers made it plain they too would look to director of football, Les Ferdinand, to work jointly with the coach on new faces.

A word in your ear: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes (L) and director of football Les Ferdinand

However, Londoner Warburton worked wonders on a slender budget at Bees and carries the gravitas the club may have been missing over the last few months.

Even so the Scottish giants would demand contact compensation of at least one year of the two full years left on Warburton’s contract - around £300k, GetWest understands.

Warburton himself believes he may stay in Scotland. He said: "I never knew that (QPR speculation). It is flattering but that is football, isn't it?

"My job is here at Rangers to put my head down with David (Weir, coach) and the staff and take the cub forward as quickly as possible.

"You can't ask players to be committed to a project and then not show commitment yourself."

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