QPR are among a number of clubs showing an interest in Hearts striker Uche Ikpeazu.
West London Sport reported that the R’s are monitoring the 24-year-old, who has also piqued the interest of Celtic, Derby, Wigan and Bristol City.
The Londoners’ interest in the striker comes in the week that Football Insider reported that on-loan forward Jordan Hugill could be sold by his parent club West Ham in January, which may leave Mark Warburton needing a replacement.
Ikpeazu has scored twice for Hearts in their first six league games this season, as well as playing in five Betfred Cup matches without finding the net. [via TransferMarkt]
Ikpeazu has had a decent if unspectacular scoring return for Hearts, the first top-tier club for whom he has played. Prior to his move to Scotland, he did the rounds in the Football League, but never to any dramatic effect – his best scoring return for a season is 14 goals in 44 games (0.32 per game) for League Two Cambridge in 2017/18.
Goals have not been an issue for QPR this season – they have the joint-fourth highest return in the Championship with 18 from their first 11 matches. Hugill and Nahki Wells have each scored six (only three players in the division have a higher tally), while Eberechi Eze has plundered four.
While Hugill does not have a magnificent track record in the division – his overall record at this level is 34 goals in 147 games (0.23 per game) – Wells has hit 57 goals in 192 Championship appearances, a return of 0.3 per game.
On current form, Ikpeazu would likely struggle to get into the QPR line-up ahead of Wells and Hugill, while a peak seasonal scoring return of 0.32 goals per game in League Two doesn’t suggest that he would be prolific in the Championship.
Right now, there doesn’t seem any need for the R’s to get the Hearts striker. However, with Wells, Hugill and Eze scoring all but two of their league goals a quarter of the way through the season, the loss of any one of them would ramp up the need to sign a reliable goalscorer, even if it means taking a punt on Ikpeazu to come good.
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