After highly impressing for Queens Park Rangers last season, in which he scored five goals and provided eight assists over his 37 Championship appearances, Osayi-Samuel was linked with a move to Palace over the summer transfer window.
However, with his contract at QPR set to expire next summer, the club have offered the winger a new deal, in a bid to ensure that they do not lose him for free at the end of the season, but Osayi-Samuel has reportedly refused the new deal, leading to him being left out of the Hoops’ squad for their recent clash with Barnsley.
The situation surrounding the winger was one topic of conversation on a recent episode of the HLTCO podcast, in which Cook discussed Palace’s interest in the 22-year-old, as well as whether or not he would like to see the club make a move for the winger.
He said: “There is a line going around in relation to QPR winger Bright Osayi-Samuel – he was someone we were linked with rather heavily over the summer. He’s good friends with Ebere Eze, the two of them were linked with a position where they could be joining up together at Crystal Palace after playing so well for QPR last term.
“He is supposedly refusing to put pen to paper on a new deal, and as a consequence of that, Mark Warburton and the rest of the QPR coaching staff and directors made the decision to drop him from their squad yesterday.
“Whether or not it’s going to force them into a decision in January over his sale is something that remains to be seen. I know that we were keen on him, but how keen we were in terms of actually putting in a concrete bid is something I’m not 100% sure on. Obviously, if he’s refusing to sign a new contract, it does somewhat force QPR’s hand [and in] the January window [we] may well see some tangible movement there.”
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TIF Thoughts on Dan Cook’s comments regarding Bright Osayi-Samuel…
From Cook’s comments, it is clear that the podcaster would be extremely keen for Palace to make a move for the QPR winger, should he become available in the January transfer window – even if Osayi-Samuel would have to fight for his place in the first team.
However, with Palace seemingly being well-stocked in the wide areas at present, it would, in our opinion, appear unlikely that the club would make a move for a player in a position that they may not feel is an area of their squad which needs immediate improvement.