Queens Park Rangers midfielder Luke Freeman says his head was turned by Middlesbrough’s interest in the summer.
Boro boss Tony Pulis was hoping to add the 26-year-old to the squad in order inject some creativity into the midfield, but the Teessiders reportedly had their bids knocked back by QPR.
Freeman said that the prospect of playing in the Premier League in the near future was certainly a consideration:
“It was difficult. I’d be lying if I said my head wasn’t turned, because to some extent it was. When you’re a player and there’s the possibility of joining a club that might well be in the Premier League next season, of course, that’s something you think about.”
“Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I’m not going to lie and say it wasn’t on my mind when that (interest) was happening.”
The playmaker then went on to insist he is “very happy” at Loftus Road, although it remains to be seen whether Middlesbrough will revisit the situation in the January transfer window.
So far this campaign, Freeman has made 12 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals and contributing one assist. He was in superb form last season, having created 13 goals in the league.
With Boro struggling for goals somewhat in recent times, a move for a creative player may well be considered. They have scored just 14 in 12 Championship games this campaign.