It remains to be seen whether a deal can be brokered for the Dutchman to take up the vacancy, which was created following the sacking of Chris Ramsey since when former boss Neil Warnock as installed on an interim basis.
Yesterday Burton confirmed they had been approached by QPR and allowed Hasselbaink to open talks over a potential switch back to London for the one-time Chelsea frontman.
Hasselbaink — who guided the Brewers to promotion last season and took them to the top of the League One table with Tuesday night’s win over Millwall — will inherit a side in need of a kick-start to a campaign which has seen them drop to 12th place after three defeats in five matches.
Charlie Austin could return to the starting XI at the Madejski Stadium.
Austin, who had been struggling with a calf problem, came off the bench to net the winner against Leeds on Saturday, while midfielder Leroy Fer is available again after a one-match suspension.
Midfielder Alejandro Faurlin believes QPR can start to move forwards following a testing spell.
“It is difficult for us to win games, we need to get that momentum and then it will be easier,” Faurlin said.
Reading could again be without captain Paul McShane.
The defender has been unable to train this week after suffering a clash of heads during the closing stages of Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, which has left him with swelling underneath his right eye.