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QPR join Swansea in hunt for Chelsea youngster

QPR have entered the race to sign Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran on loan.

The play for the Chelsea whizz-kid comes following the news that influential midfielder Alejandro Faurlin will miss a fair chunk of the season with a knee injury.

Manager Neil Warnock was reportedly happy with the way his central midfield options of Joey Barton, Shaun Derry and Faurlin had been functioning this season but now needs to plug the hole left by the Argentinian’s absence.

Chelsea would be not be keen on transferring the youngster permanently but would accept a loan deal.

It did seem it was going to be a straight shoot-out between Swansea and Aston Villa to sign the 18-year-old on a season-long loan but Warnock’s interest has thrown a spanner in the works.

McEachran is apparently looking to stay in London rather than move away from his family in west-London and QPR would provide both Premier League first-team opportunities along with the perfect location for the talented youngster.

Chelsea boss Andre Villas Boas is a keen admirer of McEachran but he has found it hard to fit him into his system this season with players such as Frank Lampard, John Obi Mikel, Oriel Romeu and Ramires ahead of him in the pecking order. Despite this Chelsea are expecting big things from him in the next few years and signed a five-year deal in the summer.

The only stumbling block in the deal could be the current relationship between Chelsea and QPR. The two clubs are still involved with a police investigation regarding an alleged racist attack on Anton Ferdinand by Chelsea skipper John Terry during QPR’s controversial 1-0 victory over Villas Boas’s side earlier this season.

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