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The newly-promoted Premier League club are looking to steal a march on their rivals as they attempt to strike early and seal a deal for the highly-rated Nottingham Forest defender

By William Joyce

Queens Park Rangers have made a £4 million bid for Nottingham Forest's highly-rated defender Jamaal Lascelles as they look to steal a march on the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, Goal understands.

The 20-year-old, who has come through the Forest academy, is an England Under-21 international and has attracted strong interest from the Premier League with his performances in the last 18 months.

Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool are understood to be keeping close tabs on him, while Everton are long-term admirers having first tried to sign him when he was 17 - an approach for which they were later fined by the Football Association.

Arsenal have previously had a bid rejected, but it is now Harry Redknapp - who saw Lascelles first hand in the Championship last season - who has made a move to land him.

It remains to be seen whether Forest will be open to letting Lascelles leave; the Derby-born stopper signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal in March and new boss Stuart Pearce has already stated his admiration for the youngster.

Goal revealed on June 29 that QPR are slight favourites to sign Tottenham defender Michael Dawson, with Redknapp looking to bolster his defensive options as the club look to avoid relegation from the Premier League in the 2014-15 campaign.

Rio Ferdinand and Brede Hangeland are also transfer targets, with both players available on free transfers following their release from Manchester United and Fulham respectively.

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