Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United have emerged as serious rivals to QPR in the race to sign Fulham winger Lee Cook, according to the News of the World.

Cook swapped Loftus Road for Craven Cottage last summer but has not made a senior appearance for the Whites after injuring his knee shortly after making the £3m switch. He spent much of last season on loan at Charlton and Roy Hodgson has declared the left winger surplus to requirements as he reshapes his squad following the Great Escape.

Fulham are playing hardball with Rangers over Cook’s potential return to Shepherd’s Bush – insisting that QPR will have to match the fee they demanded from the Whites for services this time last year. Wolves and Sheffield United are also interested in signing the talented wide man and are in a stronger financial position to put together a permanent deal.