Boost for Nottingham Forest as QPR accept Mackie Transfer Request

Queens Park Rangers have revealed that they have reluctantly accepted a transfer request from Jamie Mackie.

The Scotland international has been linked with a move to fellow Championship side Nottingham Forest with Billy Davies side tabling an offer, believed to be in the region of £1.5 million, for the striker earlier this week.

Despite having two years left on his contract Mackie has been deemed surplus to requirements at Loftus Road and is set to move on this summer. Forest manager Davies is believed to be a big fan of the former Plymouth star and tried to sign the player during his first spell in charge of the club.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Jamie Mackie has today (Thursday) submitted a transfer request, which the club have reluctantly accepted.

“The 27-year-old has informed the club of his desire to leave, having found first team opportunities limited at Loftus Road in the last six months.

“As previously stated, no player will leave QPR unless the club’s valuation is met.

“The club will be making no further comment at this time.”

Mackie, who has also played for Wimbledon, Milton Keynes and Exeter rose to prominence during a two year spell with Plymouth joining QPR for a reported fee of £150,000 in May 2010.

He has since gone on to make 94 competitive appearances scoring 18 times with his most prolific spell coming during the Championship winning campaign of 2010/2011 when he scored 9 league goals.

News of the transfer request came hours after it was revealed that the club’s top target Gary Hooper was set to sign for Norwich City.

Harry Redknapp believed he was in pole position to snap up the 25 year old striker after agreeing a fee with Celtic but the move is now in jeopardy with Norwich also agreeing terms and the player passing a medical at Carrow Road.

The news is the latest in a difficult summer of the London side with the club yet to offload some of their big earners including Arsenal target Julio Cesar and former Chelsea defender Jose Boswinga.

Redknapp has managed to shore up his defensive options with the captures of Richard Dunne, Danny Simpson and defensive-midfielder Karl Henry but the imminent departure of Mackie will increase the urgent need for a striker with Djibril Cisse, Jay Bothroyd, D J Campbell and Rob Hulse also leaving the club this summer.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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