QPR make offers for two new defenders
Published 22:30 04/01/12 By Football Spy
QPR manager Neil Warnock has tabled a £3million bid for Aston Villa and Wales defender James Collins and offered £2.5m for Manchester City's Nedum Onuoha as he steps up his recruitment drive.
Warnock has moved to test Villa's resolve to keep the former West Ham stopper with an offer to bring him back to London.
Collins, 28, has 18 months left on his current deal and has been in talks with Villa manager Alex McLeish over a two-year extension.
But Warnock is making a bold attempt to pinch the giant centre-half ahead of rivals Sunderland and Bolton.
Villa are under pressure to sell players to raise funds for McLeish and could be tempted to cash in.
Collins has been a regular this season, but could be a casualty of Villa's sell-to-buy policy.
Warnock is also battling to for versatile defender Onuoha.
The 25-year-old will be allowed to leave Eastlands this month after making only two appearances in the Carling Cup for Roberto Mancini this season.
Warnock wants the go-ahead to have talks with the former England Under-21 international, who earns around £40,000 a week at City.
The QPR boss admires Onuoha's versatility and is keen to use the current transfer window to bring in proven Premier League players.
"We will be looking to improve the squad in January," said Warnock. "I know what I need and I will go and get them."