QPR have reportedly made an official approach to Aston Villa over Michael Beale.

The Championship club are said to have submitted an approach to hold talks with Steven Gerrard's No2 over their vacant managerial position.

Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy reports that QPR are keen on talks with the highly-rated coach.

But it's claimed nothing is agreed with Beale among other on a list of candidates for the vacancy at the London club.

Beale was well-liked during his stint as assistant at Ibrox and has previously been linked with managerial roles - recently including Charlton.

However, he is yet to go it alone in a senior management position having worked with Gerrard at the Liverpool academy, and Rangers and moved as part of the backroom team overhaul to head down to Aston Villa last season.

Beale also previously worked as a Chelsea youth coach, was a key figure at Melwood in youth coaching. He also spent time as assistant at Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Percy's Tweet on QPR's interest in Beale, reads: "#QPR have made an official approach to #avfc for Michael Beale, Steven Gerrard's assistant, and want to hold talks. Beale is high on QPR's list of candidates for the manager position, but nothing agreed yet"

Gerrard was quizzed on Beale and his links with vacant positions as he emerged as a candidate for the Charlton role last week.

Speaking then, Gerrard said: “I’ll never stand in anyone’s way who doesn’t want to be a part of this journey, that’s for sure. That goes for staff or players.

“It’s no surprise that he’s linked with another club, I think that’s been the case since I’ve known Mick.

"He’s very highly thought of in the world of football, so I’m not surprised.

"It’s not the first time that’s been asked. In terms of what he’s thinking, I’m sure that’s a question for him.”