If Nottingham Forest really are interested in Massimo Luongo, then the transfer door could not have been opened any wider.

London Football News have reported on supposed admiring glances from the City Ground.

The Australia international would certainly add something to the Reds’ ranks.

A potential stumbling block could be that Leeds are also mulling over an approach for the 26-year-old.

Martin O’Neill, though, has the opportunity to try and push a deal through quickly.

That is because QPR’s director of football, Les Ferdinand, has publicly invited offers.

He has told The World Game: “All our players are up for sale.

“There has been a bit of interest for Mass. We are a club that if the right offer comes in for one of our players – especially with the Financial Fair Play situation – we have to look at everything.

“It’s not just Mass specifically – it’s all the individuals at the football club.”

Opportunity

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Ferdinand believes that a move for Luongo this summer may be the best option for all concerned.

He added: “He’s relatively young and has the opportunity to push on.

“He has a year left with us but if he does go this summer he might be able to kick on a little bit more [elsewhere].”

Luongo only has a year left to run on his current contact and Forest could be landing a player who is yet to truly fulfil his potential.

“Mass is one of those who back in our Tottenham days I thought he was going to push on,” said Ferdinand.

“For me, if he added goals to his game he would be playing in the Premier League right now.

Improve

 

“It’s the one part of his game which he hasn’t been able to improve on.

“It’s because of that he’s probably remained in the Championship and not gone to where he thought he might be heading.”

Forest could provide the perfect stage on which to unlock those hidden talents.

Ferdinand is right to suggest that Luongo has never been prolific from the middle of the park – contributing just 10 goals and as many assists across three seasons at Loftus Road.

He is, however, a midfielder that has been held in high regard.

His talents have also delivered 43 senior international caps for the Socceroos.

There is clearly a player there.

Forest, who appear to be shifted their focus away from Jack Colback for now, could be the ones to eke Luongo’s true ability out.

The door is open, but will the Reds be walking through it?