Billy after QPR striker?

According to The People, Forest have apparently picked themselves up from Marlon Harewood shaped disappointment to target want-away QPR front man Dexter Blackstock.  The former Southampton striker is struggling to agree terms with the Hoops for a new contract which apparently has sparked us to pounce with a bid to loan him until the end of the season with a view to a permanent move in the summer once the window is open again.  For a rather expensive sounding £2.2million.

Joining Southampton from Oxford United, for a compensation fee of £275,000.  He was elevated to first team status earlier than planned due to an injury crisis which saw him net a hattrick against Colchester United in the League Cup.  After falling out of first team plans he was loaned to Plymouth and latterly Derby.  His involvement with Southampton was limited by the arrival of handbag-snatcher Bradley Wright-Phillips, and he ended up leaving for QPR for a fee believed to be around £500k.  So the inflation for somebody approaching the end of their contract is rather outrageous!

In 2006/2007 Blackstock finished with 14 goals for QPR, and came second in their player of the year award, and won goal of the year for a strike against Preston.  He has been recognised by Stuart Pearce as a talent too, featuring for the England under-21s.  Last season was less impressive for him, netting just six goals in thirty six games – although four of them came in the final seven games of the season.  So it would seem that a fresh challenge might be on his agenda, and I imagine if the price The People are quoting is anything like true, it would be a good bit of business for QPR too.

The loan deadline is this coming Thursday, so not too long to wait for confirmation either way.  Certainly the lack of goal-scoring threat against Wolves demonstrated a need for another dimension up front to give us a bit more attacking potency, whether Blackstock fits the bill, I’m not right sure!  I was quite excited to find his personal website, alas it hasn’t been updated since December last year – possibly a sign that he’s out of favour at the QPR?

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