QPR are edging closer to the signing of Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen.

The move would be the Hoops' first senior signing of the summer, and is a player who would certainly add a combative nature to Ian Holloway's side.

But who is Josh Scowen? We take a look at his career to date.


Scowen was born on March 23 1993 and started his career in the Wycombe Wanderers youth system.

He made his debut for the club at the age of 18 in a 3-0 win over Morecambe in March 2011, before signing professional terms the following month.

Following loan spells with Hemel Hempstead and Eastbourne Borough, Scowen became a regular with League Two Wycombe in the 2012/13 season.

He remained an integral member of the team until Barnsley signed him in January 2015 for a fee believed to have been £240,000.

Scowen continued to flourish and was a key figure in the Tykes team that won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs last May.

He coped comfortably with the step up to the second tier as Barnsley finished 14th, one below Villa.

Scowen has made 118 appearances for Barnsley - 44 last season - signing joining from Wycombe.


Tenacious Scowen is not short of aggression.

He loves flying into tackles and pinching the ball off opponents.

A low centre of gravity means he has excellent balance and the ability to quickly change direction.

His close control and awareness are definite assets while he also has a decent range of passing and pops up with the odd goal.

What's been said about him

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom would dearly love to keep one of his prized assets having already lost a number of star players.

But he was also resigned to losing Scowen, given Barnsley's limited resources.

"We know that, financially, he may be able to get a better deal from another club and he is waiting to see what is out there," Heckingbottom told the Barnsley Chronicle last month.