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Michael Beale eyeing Chris Willock reunion at Rangers

Rangers manager Michael Beale is hoping to bring Queens Park Rangers playmaker Chris Willock to Ibrox this summer, according to West London Sport.

Willock joined QPR from Benfica in 2020 following the sale of Eberechi Eze to Crystal Palace. He showed flashes of ability in his debut campaign, scoring three and assisting five.

His second year at the Rs was far more encouraging, and it wasn’t long before he earned recognition as one of the Championship’s brightest midfielders.

Despite missing a large chunk of the season through injury, the former Arsenal man ended the campaign with seven goals and 11 assists.

The 25-year-old’s contract is set to expire in the summer. QPR have the option to extend by a year, which they are expected to trigger if they avoid relegation to League One.

This hasn’t deterred any potential interest in the midfielder. West London Sport reports that Beale is hoping to sign him this summer.

Beale and Willock worked together for four months earlier this term, during which the player produced some of his best form.

In 13 appearances under the Englishman, he scored six and assisted one. Since then, he has produced just one assist in the same number of outings.

The Gers will be hoping to bring in new recruits this summer as they push for the league title, with Celtic almost certain to wrap up the trophy this season.

They had been competing for large parts of the year, but two defeats in their last three have seen them fall 13 points off top spot with just five games remaining.

Next up for Beale’s men is an Old Firm Derby against their bitter rivals in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

It will be the fifth meeting between the pair this season – Celtic have won three, with the other drawn.

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