LUKE Young is set to be the latest QPR casualty on his way out of Loftus Road.
Chronicle sport understands the 32-year-old is aware of a plummet down the pecking order for the right-back spot, but insists any move, loan or otherwise, would only be to a London club.
The former Aston Villa defender has only just cemented a move to a new house in south-west London, and wants to end his career in the capital.
However, Young has two years left on a Rangers deal, so any would-be suitors like former club Charlton, recently promoted to the Championship, need to find a compromise over his near £30,000-a-week wages.
A close source admitted the writing was on the wall for a defender who can boast seven England caps on his CV.
"There is no self delusion going on with Luke," said the source.
"When you don’t play for the last two months of the season, and Rangers are looking to strengthen that spot, it can only mean Luke would end up third choice at best."
Young was the fall guy for a 3-1 defeat at Sunderland back in March, when boss Mark Hughes raged against a poor defensive display and moved Nedum Onuoha over to right-back from central defence.
Young had been struggling with a slight hip injury sustained in the previous Wednesday’s fine home win over Liverpool and paid for it when he turned out at the Stadium of Light.
The source said: "In hindsight, maybe Luke should have held up his hand before the Sunderland game. But any footballer will tell you they want to play in every game they can."
Hughes has made it plain he wants a 2012-13 squad that is fast, athletic and capable of holding down a comfortable mid-table berth in the Premier League.
Also facing the exit door are strikers Jay Bothroyd, DJ Campbell and Rob Hulse, along with central defender Matt Connolly.