Queens Park Rangers have made securing the services of Fulham midfielder Stefan Johansen on a permanent basis one of their highest summer transfer priorities.

Rangers, who have today confirmed the capture of experienced striker Charlie Austin from West Brom, are eager to turn Johansen’s successful loan from Craven Cottage into a transfer. The Norwegian midfielder was hugely impressive after moving to Shepherd’s Bush in January, scoring three goals and making two more in 21 appearances for the R’s.

The 30 year-old, who retired from international football in March in the hope of prolonging his playing career, has spoken publicly of becoming disheartened at a lack of first-team opportunities at Fulham. He was not included in Scott Parker’s 25-man Premier League squad last season and has just a year to run on his current contract. The only significant stumbling block could be Rangers’ matching Johansen’s wage demands.

Johansen was a key figure in Fulham’s two promotion-winning sides from the Championship, but has twice been jettisoned once the Whites returned to the top flight. He previously spent time on loan with West Brom when Fulham were relegated in 2019 – helping the Baggies reach the Championship play-offs. The former Celtic midfielder has made 136 appearances for Fulham – scoring 21 goals – since making the move south of the border in August 2016. He formed a classical partnership with Tom Cairney and Kevin McDonald in Slavisa Jokanovic’s iconic Championship midfield as the Whites reached the play-off semi finals in 2017 and then went one better against Aston Villa at Wembley the following year.