QPR have turned their attentions to right-winger Tommy Smith as the final piece in a pre-season jigsaw following a failed attempt for Reading’s Jobi McAnuff.
Smith is available for a fraction of the £1.8million Portsmouth paid Watford for the 30-year-old a year ago as the relegated Premiership club look to slash a wage bill that plunged them into administration.
Rangers enquired about McAnuff nearly a month ago, but were put off by the £2million asking price.
However, they still need someone on the right to complete a squad that gets going with an outing at non-league Tavistock FC on Monday – and boss Neil Warnock thinks Smith could fit the bill.
The ex-Watford star was a Vicarage Road hero for three seasons, and has the added advantage in QPR eyes of mixing a wide role with successful stints as striker and attacking midfielder.