Kamis, 31 Januari 2013

Blackburn sign striker DJ Campbell from QPR

DJ Campbell: Striker joining Blackburn

Campbell's future at Loftus Road has been the subject of speculation for some time after enjoying a successful spell on loan at Ipswich.

The 31-year-old scored 10 goals in a loan spell at Portman Road earlier this season and they were thought to be keen on bringing him back to the club.

Hull were then believed to be favourites to land Campbell after holding talks with the player earlier this week, but Blackburn have landed the former Blackpool star.

Rovers boss Michael Appleton wanted to bolster his attacking options with Jordan Rhodes needing some goalscoring support.

Transfer news: Blackburn are in talks to sign QPR's DJ Campbell

DJ Campbell: In talks with Blackburn

Campbell's future at Loftus Road has been the subject of speculation for some time after enjoying a successful spell on loan at Ipswich.

The 31-year-old scored 10 goals in a loan spell at Portman Road earlier this season and they were thought to be keen on bringing him back to the club.

Hull were believed to be favourites to land Campbell after holding talks with the player earlier this week, but Blackburn have now emerged as favourites for his signature.

Rovers boss Michael Appleton is determined to bolster his attacking options before the transfer deadline and he is keen to bring Campbell to Ewood Park.

Harry not expecting Crouch deal

Peter Crouch: Heavily linked with a return to Loftus Road

The 32-year-old has been heavily linked with a return to Loftus Road, where he plied his trade during the 2000/01 season.

Crouch has previously worked with Redknapp at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham but it looks like he will be remaining in the Potteries.

Speaking to Press Association Sport outside QPR's Harlington training ground, Redknapp said on Crouch: "No, I don't think anything there [is happening with him]. It is very quiet."

Redknapp, who has already confirmed the signing of Anzhi Makhachkala's Christopher Samba, also confirmed midfielder Alejandro Faurlin is joining Palermo on loan until the end of the season.

"Ali is going on loan," the R's boss said. "He wants to go and play and he has got a chance to Palermo so that's good for him. "

Samba seals QPR switch

Christopher Samba: Back in the Premier League

The former Blackburn centre-back was one of the west Londoners' key targets for transfer deadline day as Harry Redknapp looks to shore up his defence.

That deal is now complete, with Samba joining for an undisclosed club-record fee, subject to the player receiving international clearance.

The Congolese defender, who was with Blackburn until last February, will wear the number five shirt at Loftus Road and fills the void left by Ryan Nelsen after his decision to become Toronto FC head coach.

"This is an unbelievable signing," Redknapp told the club's official website.

"[Chairman] Tony Fernandes deserves a lot of credit for this one - he has worked so hard on bringing him in.

"I was speaking with him a month ago and he asked me who I would want to sign if Ryan Nelsen left, he asked me to give him a couple of names.

"I said to him 'Well, these aren't possible to get but if you're asking me who I'd have, I'll give you a couple of players'. One of them was Chris Samba.

"The next thing I know he's telling me that he's working on bringing him in! It's amazing. Chris is just what we need. He's a monster. Great in the air, quick, a leader, strong, fantastic in both boxes, hard as nails.

"He's a proper centre-half."

Transfer news: QPR want to sign Peter Crouch, Tony Pulis confirms

Peter Crouch: Stoke striker could be heading to QPR

Crouch, on target in the 2-2 draw with Wigan on Tuesday night, played for Redknapp at Spurs, Southampton and Portsmouth, and they could be reunited again.

Pulis insists through that he will not allow the striker to leave unless he can find a replacement in the last two days of the January transfer window.

"QPR have enquired about Peter, whether we do it or not you'll have to wait and see," Pulis said.

"Harry's rung me up and asked me about the possibility, I've spoken to Peter about it, he knows about it and it's up to Peter as to whether he wants to go. Peter's very happy here, and he's made that clear.

"It's got to be right for the player, it's got to be right for the football club. The great thing is that financially we don't have to worry about bringing money in.

"If it's right for both parties and the player wants to go then it's very difficult not to let the player go.

"The important thing for me is that if he d oes want to go it's got to be right for us but also we've got to have someone who'll come in and do the same job.

"If the deal was right, Peter wanted to go and everything was in place and we couldn't find a replacement then he wouldn't go because that would put the club at risk, and it's too big a season to put the club at risk."

Rabu, 30 Januari 2013

Transfer news: Harry Redknapp says QPR need to make more signings

Despite earning a hard-fought 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City on Tuesday night, Redknapp's side still lie three points adrift at the foot of the Premier League table.

Redknapp says the club is attempting to bring strikers such as Peter Odemwingie and Peter Crouch to Loftus Road but believes the squad as a whole needs to be strengthened.

"We need to strengthen the squad - tonight I had two keepers on the bench because there were no other senior outfield players here," Redknapp said.

"There are one or two lads who are here who want to leave as well, so we went through the numbers tonight and we've probably got about 17 (players) for our 25 man squad. We've got to fill it up a bit.

"We are desperately short in quite a few areas really, we do need some reinforcements."

Redknapp is preparing himself for a busy deadline day on Thursday but hopes to get some deals completed before the hectic end to the window.

He added: "It 's not what I want. I wish we had a squad which didn't need strengthening and we could all go out for dinner somewhere instead of messing around like idiots on the phone all night.

"We'll have to see, hopefully we can get some stuff done tomorrow (Wednesday)."

Although he is eager to add some more quality to the QPR ranks, Redknapp was delighted with the way his existing players performed against City.

"We are setting up to be difficult to beat at the moment and they defended for their lives again today," he said.

"The keeper (Julio Cesar) when he was called on was fantastic - he's a top, top keeper - and on the break we offered a threat on several occasions. Adel (Taarabt) went through first half and (Loic) Remy second half, so I couldn't be more pleased with the effort."

Redknapp also heaped praise on defender Ryan Nelsen, who appears to have played his last game for the club ahead of his switch into coaching with Toronto FC.

He sa id: "He is a proper centre half. When he was at Blackburn I tried to sign him many, many times and finally I managed to take him to Tottenham last year. He's just been absolutely outstanding for us."

QPR's Samba chase annoys Anzhi

Chris Samba: Has flown to England

The former Blackburn star joined the Dagestan giants last Ferbruary in a deal worth around 12million.

But now Queens Park Rangers have met and activated his release clause.

Now the player has left the club's winter training camp in Spain, and Hiddink has slammed the player for his decision to quit.

"He left for England yesterday," Hiddink confirmed on Wednesday.

"I hope that today or tomorrow we'll find out what has really happened.

"It's a shame to talk about this but he didn't even say goodbye, he didn't explain anything to us.

"Whatever happens to you in life, you should take into account the people with whom you work with.

"It's not a great situation for us. He started the pre-season camps with us, but then suddenly in the last few days he started to make contact with England, that's despite still being on contract with Anzhi.

"Now we have a new situation. We need to be realistic and see what we can do befor e the transfer window closes."

An Anzhi club spokesman insisted there was no comment to make, saying: "We don't comment on rumours. All news is posted to our official site."

Derry relishing deadline day show

Shaun Derry: Looking forward to deadline day action

Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to bring new faces to the west Londoners, who are bottom of the Premier League and four points adrift of safety.

Full-back Yun Suk-young joined Loic Remy and Tal Ben Haim as QPR's acquisitions so far this month, but Redknapp revealed he is still "desperately short" after Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Manchester City.

"I'm sure there will be a few arrivals and some going out," Derry said. "We have got no say in that as players, we can only do what is asked

"I am always glued to the TV on deadline day. I'm like a fan.

"It is exciting to watch it and I will be interested who we bring in.

"Obviously Harry is wanting to enhance the squad. That's what he's about on deadline day - he comes to life, doesn't he? I'm sure he will be excited come Thursday.

"But as far as being in trouble if we don't add to the squad, we've proved against Manchester City that we can get a result against the leagu e champions with the players we've already got. We can take great heart from that."

A key priority for Redknapp will be strengthening at centre-back, with Anzhi defender Christopher Samba poised to complete a move after the Hoops triggered his release clause.

The former Blackburn defender could now be on his way back to the Premier League as QPR look to fill the void left by Anton Ferdinand's loan move to Bursaspor and Ryan Nelsen's impending departure.

The New Zealander is set to leave the Rs on February 1 to become head coach of Toronto FC and was given a guard of honour after helping the Hoops to a clean sheet against City.

"It is a big loss for us," Derry said. "He has been our best player this year but we have to try and replace him.

"He has been amazing, not just as a player, but as a person as well.

"It was Clint Hill's idea to give him a guard of honour at the end.

"We were all just buzzing to get the point and it was a great gesture by Clint. It was appreciated by Ryan, but he's appreciated by all of us.

"He said afterwards that he couldn't believe the send-off he got from the crowd too because he's barely played 25 games for us. It was touching for Ryan."

QPR's performance against the reigning champions was a vast improvement on the embarrassing 4-2 FA Cup defeat to MK Dons, after which reports claimed there was a dressing room bust-up.

"Listen, things get said after games in changing rooms up and down the country, the length and breadth," Derry said.

"Things get said in the heat of the moment.

"We were disappointed going out of the cup, we really were, and the way we went out was even more disappointing than the result itself.

"I think we proved a point against City. That performance showed everybody we are together.

"I'm from the old school and I like to discuss both positives and negatives.

"Obviously when you come off the field losing 4-2 in the manner that we did, we had to reply in the right manner against Manchester City and we definitely showed that."

Faurlin set for Palermo switch

Alejandro Faurlin: On his way to Italy

Palermo made a bid for Faurlin earlier in the window, but that was rejected by QPR.

They have now returned and this time have come to an agreement with the Hoops and look set to sign him on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

Harry Redknapp had insisted he wanted the 26-year-old to stay with the club, but with other players due to arrive before Thursday's deadline - he has sanctioned his departure.

Faurlin, who is anxious to secure regular first-team football, is set to become the third Argentine to leave England for Palermo following on from Mauro Boselli and Mauro Formica - who completed respective moves from Wigan and Blackburn earlier in the month.

QPR swoop for defender Yun

Yun Suk-young: Signed for Rs

The 22-year-old was a key member of the South Korean Olympic squad that took bronze at London 2012, before then going on to make his full international debut in October.

Yun has been linked to a number of clubs in recent times, including west London rivals Fulham, but has joined QPR on for an undisclosed fee from K-League side Chunnam Dragons.

The left-back has been granted a work permit and will be eligible to play for the Rs once he obtains a visa.

Yun joins fellow January acquisitions Loic Remy and Tal Ben Haim at Loftus Road, where he links up with countryman Park Ji-sung.

The defender may be the first of several signings before the transfer deadline on Thursday, with Peter Crouch, Christopher Samba and Etienne Capoue amongst those on QPR's radar.

Selasa, 29 Januari 2013

Saints seal Doughty loan deal

Michael Doughty: Midfielder joins St Johnstone on loan

The 20-year-old arrived in Scotland on Tuesday morning and could feature in Wednesday's Premier League clash against Aberdeen at McDiarmid Park.

Saints manager Steve Lomas said: "We have taken young Michael Doughty from QPR. They have kindly let us have Michael.

"Michael's a very silky midfielder who is good on the ball and can play in various positions across the middle."

Doughty has made one first-team appearance for QPR off the bench but has added top-team experience from loan spells at Aldershot and Crawley. He signed a three-year deal with QPR in August.

Premier League: Julio Cesar helps QPR hold Manchester City to goalless draw

Julio Cesar: In imperious form at Loftus Road

The summer signing from Inter Milan made a series of fine saves to deny Roberto Mancini's men, who missed the chance to close the gap on leaders Manchester United to two points.

Rangers boss Harry Redknapp wasn't kidding when he promised "a different team" from the one that lost to MK Dons in the FA Cup on Saturday, making eight changes to his starting XI, including recalls for Loic Remy, Clint Hill and Ryan Nelsen.

Much of the talk surrounding City pre-match was about who wasn't at Loftus Road rather than who was, with enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli absent as he put the final touches on a move to AC Milan.

On a wet and windy night in west London, City's first opening came after 20 minutes when Pablo Zabaleta, who grabbed the winner in the FA Cup against Stoke on Saturday, thumped a header off the crossbar from eight yards following great play by David Silva down the left.

Just after the half hour mark Esteban Granero's block ta ckle span off James Milner and fell for Sergio Aguero, who calmly slotted home, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside.

Mancini had goalkeeper Joe Hart to thank for keeping his side level after 39 minutes. The England international spreading himself to block Adel Taarabt's shot following a surging run into the box by the Moroccan.

Whatever Hart could do, Cesar could do better, the Brazilian diving full stretch to his right to superbly palm away Gareth Barry's goalbound effort three minutes later.

Silva continued to cause problems down the QPR left after the break, his neat one-two with Aguero on 68 minutes affording him space to have a low shot from the left hand side of the penalty area that was well held by Cesar.

QPR were screaming for a penalty seconds later when Remy went down in the area as he skipped past Joleon Lescott, but referee Phil Dowd turned down their appeals.

With the clock ticking down towards full time Cesar cam e to QPR's rescue yet again, superbly denying Silva from point blank range after the Spaniard latched onto Dzeko's low cross.

Referee Dowd was the centre of attention once more in the closing stages, correctly adjudging that Nedum Onuoha got the ball when tackling Scott Sinclair in the box and waving away City's appeals for a spot kick.

Bursaspor bag Ferdinand on loan

Anton Ferdinand: Seals loan move to Turkey

The 27-year-old will spend the rest of the season in Turkey after dropping out of the first-team picture under Harry Redknapp.

Among his team-mates at Bursaspor will be former England goalkeeper Scott Carson and on-loan Stoke midfielder Maurice Edu.

Ferdinand's last Premier League appearance was on Boxing Day, and Redknapp has sanctioned a move despite Ryan Nelsen's imminent departure for the MLS.

Tal Ben Haim was signed as cover early in the transfer window and South Korea left-back Yun Suk-young will join if his work permit hearing is successful.

But possible moves for West Brom's Jonas Olsson and Brede Hangeland of Fulham are, by the Rangers manager's own admission, all-but dead in the water.

Rangers hopeful on two targets

Tony Fernandes: Hopeful of securing two signings in the next 2 days

The Premier League strugglers have been linked with former striker Peter Crouch and defender Chris Samba.

And with the transfer window closing on Thursday night, time is running out for Rangers to strengthen in their battle against relegation.

Fernandes is optimistic the future is looking brighter at Loftus Road following the appointment of Harry Redknapp as manager in November.

"It's not been a bed of roses but we've still got our spirits up. Harry's brought a new sense of belief," Fernandes said.

"We're working on a couple of players and the team have picked up points since Harry's come in. So we're moderately optimistic. We'll give it our best shot, that's for sure."

"One thing about QPR though - I mean even I get shocked when I see some of the names that are thrown out. There's a name every day."

"We'll wait and see what happens but we'll try and get a couple of players in."

"And where we've always felt we've been a little bit short we can proceed. And if not, I think Harry feels he has got enough to keep going."

Transfer news: QPR boss Harry Redknapp tracking Peter Crouch and Christopher Samba

Peter Crouch: Harry Redknapp keen to link up with striker again

Striker Crouch played under Redknapp at Southampton, Portsmouth and Tottenham but the QPR boss says Stoke are unlikely to part with the 31-year-old.

Defender Samba joined Anzhi Makhachkala in February in a 12m deal from Blackburn and Rangers could struggle to match his wages at the big-spending Russian side.

"These are two players whose names have been mentioned but at the moment we're not close to doing anything," Redknapp told BBC Sport.

"Crouch's name came up in a meeting with the chairman but I don't think Stoke want to sell him.

"On Samba, again the chairman is dealing with this. At this stage I don't think that's a goer.

"I like Christopher Samba and he is a very good player but at this stage I don't see him leaving Russia. Things can changes but at this stage we're not close to doing anything."

Second Odemwingie bid rejected

Peter Odemwingie: Wanted by QPR

The 31-year-old has indicated his desire to move to Loftus Road during the current transfer window and had a transfer request rejected by Albion last Friday.

Rangers had an initial 2million bid turned down at the start of the January window, and it was confirmed by the Midlands club on Monday a second offer has also been rejected.

West Brom's sporting and technical director (designate) Richard Garlick said in a statement: "QPR have made a second, improved offer for Peter, which we have turned down."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp claims the potential transfer is far too much in the public eye and admitted: "I don't know (whether the transfer will go ahead).

"It's a bit of a difficult situation for West Brom.

"It's not worked out in an ideal way. The whole situation has become a bit too public really hasn't it?

"I am sure West Brom are not too happy with the way it's gone. We made an enquiry. The enquiry leaked out and obviously t he player decided he wanted to come to London and that's how it has worked out.

"I think too many people get involved in Twitter."

Ferdinand undergoing medical

Anton Ferdinand: Having a medical at Bursaspor

Ferdinand travelled out to Turkey on Sunday for talks after being given permission by QPR to speak with Bursaspor.

The 27-year-old has found himself out of favour at Loftus Road in recent weeks and Harry Redknapp is willing to let him move on so that he can free up some space in his squad.

Ferdinand started Saturday's shock FA Cup defeat at home to MK Dons, but he has not made a Premier League appearance since Boxing Day.

Ferdinand is expected to join Bursaspor on a loan deal for the rest of the season if he comes through his medical and agrees personal terms.

Senin, 28 Januari 2013

Possible last game for QPR's Ryan Nelsen: Manchester City missing Vincent Kompany

Ryan Nelsen: Possible farewell for QPR defender

Nelsen, who Toronto want to start work as their manager on Friday, and striker Loic Remy were both rested for Saturday's FA Cup defeat to MK Dons, but are likely to feature in tomorrow's game against the champions at Loftus Road.

Junior Hoilett (hamstring), Shaun Wright-Phillips (knock), Bobby Zamora (hip) are doubts, while Samba Diakite is at the Africa Cup of Nations and long-term absentee Andrew Johnson (knee) remains sidelined.

Manchester City have central defensive concerns ahead of their Premier League trip to Loftus Road with captain Vincent Kompany ruled out with a calf injury.

Matija Nastasic (knee) is also doubtful while Kolo Toure remains on duty at the Africa Cup of Nations along with brother and midfielder Yaya Toure.

Forwards Mario Balotelli and Samir Nasri have recovered from illness but full-backs Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) are not yet ready to return.

Fernandes vows to stand by QPR

Tony Fernandes: Happy at QPR

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said that he would relinquish his ownership of the west London club should he fail to fix the problems that have seen Rangers plummet to the foot of the table.

The Malaysian businessman's claim came just after fans attacked him for his leadership of the club in the wake of their FA Cup defeat to MK Dons - the latest in a series of embarrassing losses Harry Redknapp's beleaguered team.

Although QPR fans are happy with the level of investment Fernandes has put in to the club since he bought it in 2011, many are disappointed that he has chosen to invest it on sub-standard and over-paid players.

Despite the attacks on Twitter, Fernandes said he had received a wealth of support since his original tweet and he today said he would stay at the club regardless of what happens in the future.

Fernandes tweeted: "Fantastic response from QPR fans. Good chat with Harry. I'm a fighter so if fans want me to stay I stay whatever happens. End of subject. Thank you all."

The news will come as a relief to many supporters as Fernandes' exit could have serious consequences for the club's long-term financial future.

Several of the squad's highest-paid players do not have relegation wage-drop clauses in their contracts so any demotion from the financially-rewarding top-flight would hit Rangers hard.

Fernandes received a huge vote of confidence from Redknapp today.

"It would be a big blow for this club if he ever left. I'm not just saying that because he's the chairman," Redknapp told a press conference.

"He's trying harder than anyone to put right what's gone wrong.

"His heart is in the right place and he loves the club. They (the fans) are fortunate to have a chairman like him."

Redknapp feels his chairman could be paying the price for opening himself up to supporters via social networks.

"The only advice I'd give Tony is get off Twitter," Redknapp said.

"It's like anything, if you don't want to know what people think about you don't buy a newspaper, if you don't want to know what people think about you on Twitter, don't be on Twitter."

The ease with which Saturday's visitors from npower League One tore apart Redknapp's reserves has left him feeling he needs to take "drastic measures" to stop his team from dropping out of the top flight.

Having been manager of Tottenham for three-and-a-half years, Redknapp is used to last-ditch forays into the transfer market, but even by his standards the next three days promise to be some of the most frenetic in the Rs manager's 30-year career in management.

Loic Remy and Tal Ben-Haim are the only new players to have arrived at Loftus Road so far, much to Redknapp's dismay.

Part of the reason why he has been so unsuccessful so far in the market has been due to the outbreak of "gang warfare" between football agents trying to get as much money as poss ible before the window shuts, Redknapp revealed today.

"This transfer window, I have never seen anything like it. Every agent seems to be trying to screw each other," the QPR boss told a press conference this morning ahead of tomorrow's game against Manchester City.

"It's like gang warfare out there - it's scary.

"If you're trying to get a player another agent will try to scupper that deal if he's not involved in it to try to get you to have one of his.

"It's unreal, unbelievable. They're all fighting for big money - that's the problem."

Redknapp cast doubt on the transfer of Peter Odemwingie from West Brom following his Twitter rant at the Midlands club and their fans over the weekend.

"I don't know whether it will happen," Redknapp said after West Brom confirmed they had turned down a second bid from QPR for the striker.

"The whole situation has become a bit too public really hasn't it?"

Redknapp ruled out a move for West Brom defender Jonas Olsson and also said signing Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland was "impossible".

Redknapp, who lost out on the signing of Yann M'Vila to Rubin Kazan last week, has been linked with Porto defender Rolando, and remains hopeful of capturing South Korea's Yun Suk-young despite the troubles over securing a work permit for the left-back.

"Tomorrow we have a meeting to go to an appeal. I'm hopeful," the Rs boss said.

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Millwall set to bring in Hulse

Rob Hulse: Set to join Millwall on loan from Queens Park Rangers

Hulse is well down the pecking order at Loftus Road and has not featured for them this season after being left out of their 25-man Premier League squad.

The 33-year-old has only recently returned to QPR after a three-month loan spell at Charlton.

Hulse scored three goals in 15 appearances for the Addicks and impressed during his time at the Valley.

Millwall have moved to bring in Hulse as they are in the market for striking reinforcements after seeing Darius Henderson leave for Nottingham Forest.

Lions boss Kenny Jackett sees Hulse as a key addition to his squad for the remainder of the season as they look to maintain their push for promotion to the Premier League.

Minggu, 27 Januari 2013

Transfer News: West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie in new Twitter outburst

Peter Odemwingie: Striker wants to leave West Brom

The Nigerian striker wants to leave The Hawthorns before the window closes after being the subject of a failed bid from Queens Park Rangers, but saw a transfer request rejected on Friday.

He subsequently released a statement expressing his disappointment at the decision and has now fired off a second outburst on Twitter.

Odemwingie is thrilled to have captured the interest of Rangers boss Harry Redknapp and tweeted on Saturday night: "Best compliment I have ever received in my (career) as a player. manager like HR spending to bring me for mission "impossible"."

He also wrote: "Offer came, everybody knows.

"I ask club what they think ? Answer - not now. Maybe summer. I ask- or is it tactics to get more money? Answer- we have enough now there is no prise (price) for you. We need you.

"I say ok. What's the prise for summer ? We will tell you after the window closes.

"I say - I have served the club well and deserve at least to ha ve a prise now so I can plan my probably last move in England.

"Don't want another summer window not knowing what will happen cos now I ll have to move my little son elsewhere. after all I have contributed to the clubs success last two seasons I hoped to at least get a low prise. Answer- talk later.

"Last season January window is when I should have handed in transfer request. Was one foot in Rubin Kazan - not for sale. Fulham. Not for sale. Newcastle. Not for sale. Wigan. Not for sale.

"Loyalty left 70 percent. the rest they stole out of my pocket thinking I was keeping money in there."

Odemwingie earlier on Saturday came under fire from some Albion fans after making clear his desire to leave.

He tweeted: "I can understand the reaction of few Albion fans on my desire to leave the club. Real reason? Cos they once doubted my commitment.

"Want to know why I wanted to quit top flight football last summer earlier than I wished to? They kn ow at the club.

"Albion fans are not the only reason, but made it easier for me to decide to stay and try my best to forget about the disappointment.

"I succeeded in doing that. But it's not getting better.Before bigger disappointment comes one day, I better leave on a good note."

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes admits he could leave the club

Tony Fernandes: QPR chairman during the FA Cup defeat to MK Dons

Rangers are rooted to the foot of the Premier League table, five points adrift of safety, and bowed out of the FA Cup on Saturday following a 4-2 home defeat to League One side MK Dons.

Fernandes, who took over in August 2011 following their promotion to the top flight, remains determined to get QPR back on track, but is prepared to step down if he cannot.

The Malaysian businessman, who brought in Harry Redknapp as manager in November in place of Mark Hughes, said on his Twitter account on Sunday: "Attendance was great. Thanks to fans Everything worked. We will fix It. I'm still optimistic.

"Many fans attacking me. Doing our best. As I said we won't stop trying. As I have said many times I take all responsibility and will face the music.

"Always spirit up. If can't fix it I will be first to go."

Anton in Bursaspor talks - Report

Anton Ferdinand: Heading for Turkey

The 27-year-old joined the west Londoners from Sunderland in 2011 but, after impressing last season, has struggled for form this term.

Ferdinand has found himself on the periphery of the first team as a result and now looks set for a move away from Loftus Road.

It is understood the centre-back is in talks with Bursaspor over a loan move, although it is unclear as to whether it is with a view to a permanent transfer.

The Turkish side is already home to England international goalkeeper Scott Carson and signed Stoke midfielder Maurice Edu on loan earlier this month.

Sabtu, 26 Januari 2013

Clarke wants Odemwingie to stay

Peter Odemwingie: QPR transfer target

Odemwingie held talks with Clarke ahead of Saturday's home draw with Aston Villa in which the Nigerian international netted a late equaliser.

Albion have rejected one bid from Rangers for Odemwingie and are determined he will still be at the club on February 1.

Baggies head coach Clarke said: "I've spoken to Peter, I had a good chat with him (before the weekend) and all he wanted to talk about was this game with Villa.

"He wanted to put on a good performance and I think you saw he was motivated to play.

"I don't think that there's any decision in his mind (to make). There was interest from QPR. Harry (Redknapp) told everybody!

"It doesn't unsettle good professionals, though. They understand that when it gets to January, it's silly season.

"Clubs come in, teams are linked with everyone. Someone saw me at Liverpool recently and assumed I was in for a Liverpool player.

"No-one will leave, there's no reason."

Albion keeper Ben Foster stressed the importance of Odemwingie after his volleyed equaliser capped a fine performance.

Foster said: "Peter can be frustrating at times but other times he can be magical.

"That's the beauty of him, he can frustrate you but has so much skill and ability.

"In any case, we can't afford to let anybody go. We are struggling, we have had so many injuries. We've had only 13 or 14 training at times. Hopefully Peter won't be going anywhere."

QPR captaincy passes to Clint Hill as Harry Redknapp hails 'great character'

Clint Hill: Honoured to be given armband

Summer signing Ji-Sung Park began the campaign as the club's official skipper, but an autumn injury saw Ryan Nelsen take over on an interim basis.

Nelsen has since announced his imminent departure for MLS side Toronto, and Hill has worn the armband this month despite Park's return to the squad.

Now Harry Redknapp has publicly backed Hill, telling the club website: "Clint is a great character, a good lad and a fantastic professional. He leads by example and has been superb for me since the moment I walked through the door.

"You know what you're going to get from Clint when he plays and that's 100%. He puts his body on the line for the club and that's what we need."

Hill said: "It's a very proud moment for me. I'm honoured and privileged. I'm sure it will be something I look back on in years to come with great admiration.

"Ji and Ryan have both had the honour of captaining the side this season and I'm relishing following in their foot steps."

Odemwingie in Twitter outburst

Peter Odemwingie: Time at West Brom coming to an end with QPR interested

Odemwingie has followed up the statement he issued last night by claiming he wants to leave because the Baggies had previously doubted his commitment.

The Nigeria international is a target for QPR and yesterday had a transfer request rejected by Albion.

Rangers have already had a 2 million bid turned down but sources close to West Brom expect them to make another offer before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Odemwingie has come under fire from some Albion fans after making clear his desire to leave.

He tweeted: "I can understand the reaction of few Albion fans on my desire to leave the club. Real reason? Cos they once doubted my commitment.

"Want to know why I wanted to quit top flight football last summer earlier than I wished to? They know at the club.

"Albion fans are not the only reason, but made it easier for me to decide to stay and try my best to forget about the disappointment.

"I succeeded in doing that . But it's not getting better. Before bigger disappointment comes one day, I better leave on a good note."

Odemwingie admits his agent advised him not to make the Twitter outburst.

He added: "I am crazy haha adviser text saying don't tweet, it weakens our position. Doesn't weaken nothing ! When I want to do something, I Do it."

In his original statement, released after his transfer request being rejected, Odemwingie said: "I'm deeply hurt and in some ways offended by the lack of reciprocal common respect from the management of West Bromwich Albion.

"During my time at the club I believe I have delivered performances, effort and goals.

"I never complained when I found out that the club failed to inform me of enquiries that might have interested me and my family in the past.

"Everyone knows how much effort and commitment I always give when I play for the club. The fans have been great with me and I will always respect them.

"At t his stage of my career, this opportunity may not come around again. A new challenge, a new opportunity, and a chance to play under the stewardship of one of the most respected managers in the game (Harry Redknapp)."

Harry Redknapp blasted QPR players after embarrassing FA Cup defeat to MK Dons

Harry Redknapp: Furious with his side's defeat to MK Dons

League One side MK Dons provided one of the shocks of the fourth round with an impressive 4-2 win over Premier League strugglers QPR.

Redknapp lamented his side's defending for MK Dons' opening two goals and admits he desperately needs to bolster his squad before the transfer window closes if they are to improve.

"I thought we played well in the first half but gave two diabolical goals away and found ourselves 2-0 down," fumed Redknapp.

"We came out second half, their third goal was offside but that's no excuse, and the fourth was sloppy from us as well. Their first two goals gave us a mountain to climb and we couldn't climb it."

Asked if the team he put out was good enough to beat MK Dons, Redknapp said: "Absolutely, of course.

"Look at the team. We have got an England goalkeeper, a right-back from Man Utd, left-back Traore, Anton Ferdinand and Ben Haim.

"Granero from Real Madrid, Ali Faurlin, who you tell me lots of clubs want to buy, Ji-sung Park from Man Utd, Jamie Mackie and I have got Bothroyd and DJ Campbell.

"Surely they are entitled to beat a team from two divisions down, it's not a bad team."

Redknapp admitted the fringe players he gave the opportunity to impress failed to take their chance and that he may have to offload them and bring in replacements before next Thursday's transfer deadline.

"I gave them a chance because some of them have been knocking at my door saying they should play and with others I've been told they're good players. Well I gave them a chance and they blew it.

"You know what? It answers questions. Not for me - I knew the answers. But it maybe answers questions for those who didn't know.

"People think they should be playing and their agents think they should be getting a chance. Well, they had their chance.

"I've said all along we need to improve. That's why I've traipsed all over Europe trying to sign pla yers.

"I'll go home with the raving hump. I didn't pick a team to lose, I picked a team that should have been able to beat MK Dons."

Sky Sports wins new three-year deal to show comprehensive Premier League highlights

Manchester City: Aiming to defend their Premier League crown this season

The three-year agreement means that each season, Sky Sports viewers can enjoy extended highlights of all 226 Premier League matches not shown live on television, plus goals and key moments for other programming such as Sky Sports News HDand magazine shows including Goals on Sunday and Soccer Saturday.

From August, Sky Sports will offer:

GAME OF THE DAY: Full 90-minute replay of the best Saturday 3pm match from 8pm that evening

MATCH CHOICE: A choice of 45-minute highlights from all Saturday 3pm fixtures, available via Sky's interactive red button service at 10pm

KEY MOMENTS: All the goals and talking points from all Premier League matches shown throughout the week across Sky Sports and on Sky Sports News HD

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "This is fantastic news for Sky Sports viewers who will continue to enjoy unrivalled coverage of the Barclays Premier Leagu e on TV and wherever they are with Sky Go.

"We'll give fans the first chance to see extended highlights of all the matches every Saturday, as well as the key moments throughout the week.

"Add these rights to our 116 live matches from next season, which include MNF and Super Sunday double-headers, and Sky Sports truly remains the home of the Barclays Premier League."

He continued: "This is the latest in a series of rights agreements that has seen us secure an unrivalled offering of sports across the UK and Ireland. In 2013 alone, our viewers can enjoy live Barclays Premier League and UEFA Champions League football, Ashes cricket home and away, British & Irish Lions tour, three of golf's Majors, F1 and the Solheim Cup."

Sky Sports viewers can enjoy over 500 live football matches a season from international, European and domestic competitions. This line-up includes UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, npower Football League, Capital One Cu p, Scottish Premier League and La Liga.

The coverage is available across TV, mobile, online and tablet devices through Sky Go, while the Sky Sports app for ipad was recently upgraded, providing users with access to technology used by Gary Neville for analysis during MNF.

Sky Sports News HD is Europe's leading 24 hour sports news channel and skysports.com is the UK's leading commercial sports website.

QPR new boy Loic Remy admits he would love to emulate his hero Thierry Henry

Loic Remy: Hoping to emulate the success of his hero Thierry Henry

Remy, who joined QPR from Marseille during this month's transfer window, has been likened to Henry in his style of play.

The 26-year-old admits he is a long way away from matching the achievements of Henry, but says it would be a dream to as successful as the New York Red Bulls ace.

"My family are from Martinique, he's half (Martinique), that's where it must come from," Remy told The Sun.

"The biggest compliment in 10 years would be: 'Remy had a career like Titi Henry.'

"He's played more than 50 matches flat out every season for 15 years, scored 51 goals for France, has an incredible record of trophies.

"For the time being I'm very far away. But you can always dream of being a big name in French football."

Harry Redknapp won't sell QPR goalkeepers Julio Cesar and Rob Green

Julio Cesar: Linked with Real Madrid

Cesar has been linked with a loan move to Real Madrid following an injury to their goalkeeper Iker Casillas, while Nottingham Forest are reportedly targeting Green as a replacement for Lee Camp.

But both have proven their worth for Rangers in recent weeks, Cesar putting together a string of fine Premier League performances and Green keeping the club in the FA Cup with a brilliant display at West Brom.

And Redknapp said: "I don't want to sell Cesar or Green. They're two good quality keepers. They're our backbone. We need to keep them here.

"Cesar is a top keeper and you can understand why people would want him, but we've not had any enquiries."

Redknapp landed Loic Remy earlier this month, but a move for Yann M'Vila proved unsuccessful and Ryan Nelsen is leaving for the MLS at the start of February.

Further recruitment is the target and Redknapp admitted he is interested in South Korea defender Yun Suk Young, who will need to apply for a work permit.

He said: "I can't let anybody go unless we get some players in. We need to strengthen, not weaken the side and we have been trying.

"I haven't been home for 12 days. (My wife) Sandra said she'd forgotten what I look like. I said I look like Paul Newman. In my dreams!"

Loic Remy doubtful for QPR's FA Cup tie with MK Dons, who have a depleted squad

Loic Remy: QPR striker is doubtful

Esteban Granero (hamstring) and Armand Traore (hamstring) return, but Junior Hoilett (hamstring) is out while Ryan Nelsen will be rested.

Samba Diakite is at the Africa Cup of Nations, Jose Bosingwa (back) is out and Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are longer term injuries.

MK Dons will travel to Loftus Road for the fourth-round encounter with a depleted squad.

The Milton Keynes club, in the fourth round for the first time in their short history, will definitely be without cup-tied striker Izale McLeod and injured midfielders Stephen Gleeson (broken foot) and Luke Chadwick (knee).

Boss Karl Robinson also has concerns over the fitness of leading scorer Dean Bowditch and midfielders Daniel Powell and Ryan Harley.

Ahead of the game, Robinson said: "We'll be down to the bare bones. We're going to be without four or five key players, but we've been used to that in recent weeks and we're looking forward to the challenge."

However, Robinson's midfield options have been boosted by the loan arrival of Chris Lines and the Sheffield Wednesday player is likely to make his Dons debut against the Premier League club.

Jumat, 25 Januari 2013

Redknapp blasts Swansea ball-boy

Hazard was sent off by referee Chris Foy for kicking Charlie Morgan in the closing stages of Wednesday night's Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Liberty Stadium.

The Belgium playmaker lost patience when the 17-year-old ball boy refused to hand over the ball after it had gone out for a goal-kick.

Morgan fell to the ground as Hazard attempted to get the ball from him, with the 22-year-old then trying to kick it from under him but appearing to instead make contact with the youngster.

QPR manager Redknapp sympathises with Hazard and holds Morgan responsible for the incident.

"Hazard toe-poked the ball under the boy's body. Why is the kid lying on the ball in the first place?" he said.

"You can imagine the frustration - you're a player trying to reach a cup final but there's this kid behaving like an idiot who won't give you the ball back.

"Hazard didn't kick the kid, he kicked the ball underneath him, but the whole thing got blown out of all proportion.

"I can think of a lot of players who would have kicked a bit harder than he did. He just toe-poked the ball away.

"The boy was tweeting before the game that he's a super time waster. The way he behaved was disgusting."

Morgan himself briefly broke his silence on Thursday night, tweeting: "Crazy 24 hours. Spoke to Hazard and I will not be pressing charges. Be in touch."

Despite that, South Wales Police have been obliged to continue investigating the incident after receiving three complaints.

"Three calls have been received from members of the public living in Sussex, Kent and west Wales which are being followed up," a police spokesman said.

Hazard was assumed to have avoided criminal charges when the matter was dropped after he and the teenager met and made mutual apologies.

It then emerged Morgan was no mere ball-boy but the son of millionaire Swansea director Martin Morgan.

Charlie's parent s Martin and Luisa Morgan own almost a quarter of the Premier League club and their son enjoys a lifestyle most professional footballers would envy.

Lifelong Swans fans, the Morgans amassed their 42million through owning and selling a travel agency and then investing in boutique hotels.

Harry hopes to delay Nelsen exit

Ryan Nelsen: To become the next Toronto FC manager

Nelsen has been appointed head coach of Toronto FC and the Major League Soccer club expect him to start work on February 1, ensuring Tuesday's Premier League clash with Manchester City will be his final game for Rangers.

When the 35-year-old announced at the start of the month that he would be leaving, Redknapp expected to keep a player he values highly until the latter stages of their relegation battle.

While he is resigned to losing him far sooner, he wants the New Zealand international to be available for the crucial showdown with Norwich at Loftus Road on February 2.

"I need to speak to Ryan, I need him here for the Norwich game," said Redknapp, who revealed Nelsen will be rested for Saturday's FA Cup tie against MK Dons.

"I thought we were talking March 1 when I spoke to Ryan last. Suddenly this has all changed. I'm hoping we can put it back a few days.

"He's been away all week in Canada doing some work for his new club I need him next week - we're desperately short and I need Ryan to play.

"He's got a job to go to and wants to crack on with that. He felt it's an opportunity that may never come along for him again.

"I can understand where he's coming from because it's his future, but I wish he was staying because there haven't been too many better players than him here this year."

Striker Loic Remy and defender Tal Ben Haim have been the only arrivals during an otherwise frustrating transfer window that has seen Redknapp miss out on several targets.

Porto defender Rolando is currently on Redknapp's radar, while a deal for and Chunnam Dragons' South Korean international Yun Suk-young is close to being completed, but neither goalkeeper Julio Cesar nor centre-back Anton Ferdinand will be leaving.

"I've been travelling all over the place, it's been busy. It's difficult. I've taken lots of flights but it's been very hard to actually land anyone," Redknapp said.

"I've been around Europe every day and haven't been home for 12 days. My wife said to me the other day 'I've forgotten what you look like'. I told her I look like Paul Newman, she said 'in your dreams'!

"You think you've got someone and then something else happens and you don't get the player. I'm chasing here, chasing there, and coming up with nothing.

"That's how it's been for the last few weeks and the clock's ticking down now. If we don't get the people I want and a bit of quality, we'll sit tight.

"We got Remy and that was great for us, but we need to strengthen and that's an obvious fact.

"We're still bottom of the league. We've been on a decent run, but we had an horrendous start.

"I still fancy us to get out of this position, but to do that we do need to strengthen a bit."

Redknapp will play a weakened team against npower League One club MK Dons.

"You want to keep winning, that is the key. We've had a five-game unbeat en run and want to continue that," he said.

"But we have Manchester City on Tuesday and Norwich the following Saturday, so the squad will get used tomorrow, and that's no disrespect to MK Dons."

Odemwingie pleads for release

Peter Odemwingie: Wants to wave goodbye to the Baggies

The Premier League's bottom side QPR had a bid for the 31-year-old turned down earlier this month but it was understood that Odemwingie was keen to discuss the move.

He has now put in an official transfer request in an attempt to facilitate his departure but it has been turned down by the Baggies.

Albion's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request.

"It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January. Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players.

"We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season."

Odemwingie has responded with a long statement which read: "I'm deeply hurt and in some ways offended by the lack of reciprocal common respect from the management of West Bromwich Albion.

"During my time at the club I believe I have delivered performances, effort and goals.

"I never complained when I found out that the club failed to inform me of enquiries that might have interested me and my family in the past.

"Everyone knows how much effort and commitment I always give when I play for the club. The fans have been great with me and I will always respect them.

"Some may say I have contributed, along with all my team mates, to the survival of the club in the Premier League in recent seasons.

"At this stage of my career, this opportunity may not come around again. A new challenge, a new opportunity, and a chance to play under the stewardship of one of the most respected managers in the game (Harry Redknapp).

"I hope the management of West Bromwich Albion will accept my transfer request in the manner that I have requested it.

"West Bromwich Albion may argue that I am too vital a member o f the team to allow me to leave now but I could argue that team selection so far this season has not reflected that and there is more than adequate cover for my position currently in the squad, culminating in my playing out of position.

"I have not taken this decision lightly and I would like West Bromwich Albion to accept what, in my opinion, is more than a reasonable offer from QPR for me."

Odemwingie arrived at West Brom in 2010 and has scored 30 goals in 80 appearances for the Baggies.

WBA reject Odemwingie request

Peter Odemwingie: West Brom have rejected transfer request

QPR had a bid for the striker turned down earlier this month, though it was understood Odemwingie wanted the opportunity to discuss a move.

The 31-year-old has now put in writing his wish to leave The Hawthorns two-and-a-half years after his arrival from Lokomotiv Moscow, but his request has been turned down by the Premier League club.

Albion's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick said: "Peter is hugely popular with our supporters and it is disappointing that he has decided to hand in a transfer request.

"It was immediately turned down and has done nothing to change our stance during January. Peter is under contract until the summer of 2014 and we have no need or desire to sell our core players.

"We want to keep the squad intact to enable us to build on an encouraging first six months of the season."

Odemwingie top scored for Albion last season, but his equaliser against Aston Villa last weekend was his first goal in 10 g ames.

Yun Suk-young is hoping to settle quickly at Queens Park Rangers

Yun Suk-young: Determined to make his mark in the Premier League

The 22 year-old defender is set to undergo a medical in the coming days and will join compatriot Park Ji-sung at Loftus Road once his work permit application is accepted.

After being linked to a number of European clubs, Yun is delighted to be nearing a move to England and hopes to make an immediate contribution at QPR.

"I've wanted to play in the Premier League for a long time," he told The Korea Herald.

"I am only focused on making quick adjustments to English football and giving everything I have to become a successful defensive back in the Premier League."

Yun will become the 11th South Korean to ply his trade in England's top-flight should his transfer go through.

Kamis, 24 Januari 2013

Yann M'Vila snubs QPR and Fulham to join Rubin Kazan

Yann M'Vila: No QPR move as midfielder heads for Russia

The Ligue 1 confirmed the move on Wednesday after accepting a bid for the player who had been linked with QPR and Fulham among other teams.

Rubin had also been in the mix to sign the 22-year-old but their pursuit was in some doubt because of a domestic transfer embargo over unpaid debts to their former player Roman Adamov.

The move to Russia is reported to be more lucrative for M'Vila, who is banned from representing France until June 2014 over an unauthorised night out when on U21 international duty.

A Rennes statement read: "Stade Rennais, FC Rubin Kazan and Yann M'Vila have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of the French international.

"After the traditional medical visit, the Rennes midfielder joined the Russian club officially on Wednesday evening."

Queens Park Rangers yet to make approach for Sunderland's Titus Bramble

Titus Bramble: The centre-back is in the final six months of his contract at Sun

Harry Redknapp's relegation-threatened QPR had been linked with the centre-back after struggling to complete a deal for West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson.

But O'Neill is in the dark about the rumours despite Bramble being in the last six months of his contract.

"I do not know anything about Titus going to QPR," O'Neill said in the Sunderland Echo.

"It is only speculation and no-one has spoken to me about it."

Bramble has also been linked with former club Ipswich Town, having suffered from a series of injuries and off-field problems over recent years which mean he is likely to be released by Sunderland.

Derry laments 'lack of effort'

Shaun Derry: Hit out over lack of effort

Rangers came under fire for their failure to win any of their opening 16 Barclays Premier League fixtures.

Harry Redknapp replaced Mark Hughes as manager in November and the west London club have now amassed 15 points but remain rooted to the foot of the table.

After avoiding relegation on the closing day of last season QPR chairman Tony Fernandes bankrolled a number of big-name signings over the summer but some are yet to have the desired effect.

Derry has had a run in the side under Redknapp and recently penned a new contract at Loftus Road, but the 35-year-old revealed he has been upset with the attitude of some Rangers players.

When asked how he felt about some of the squad perhaps not pulling their weight, Derry told QPR podcast Open All R's: "Very angry, absolutely gutted - not just angry.

"I'm fully aware of the transitional period that the club has been in and is probably still in. What you have to understand is that I arriv ed as a Championship signing and I still see myself as the same person, regardless of what level I'm playing.

"I appreciate what the game is about, I will never point fingers or go public with my criticism of certain individuals but when you play down there you really do appreciate what you've got when you play at Premier League level.

"When you see characters who have been at the club, and are still there, not appreciating what the game is all about it really hurts.

"I'm very proud of what I've achieved to play at this level and I will never take it for granted and when you see players taking it for granted it hurts."

Summer acquisitions such as Julio Cesar, Park Ji-sung and Jose Bosingwa are believed to be earning much more than the likes of Derry and club-captain Clint Hill.

Cesar has earned plaudits for his goalkeeping displays, while Park has been injured and Bosingwa's commitment has been called into question by a large section of QPR 's fans.

But Derry insists there is no ill-feeling from the longer-serving players at Loftus Road towards the new signings.

"Hand on heart I don't resent anyone at the football club for what they earn, I know there are guys there that earn an absolute bucket-load, more than I could ever dream of earning," he said.

"Honestly I don't resent them for earning that. What I do get upset about is if they don't work hard to earn that. You have got to work hard for your money regardless of whether you earn 10 a week or 100,000.

"If they are doing it then the whole team are doing well by it by when they don't put the effort in it really hurts."

Redknapp makes Rolando trip

Rolando: Understood to have been watched by QPR boss Harry Redknapp this week

Redknapp is believed to be keen on the 27-year-old centre-back but a formal offer is yet to be made.

Premier League strugglers QPR are seeking defensive cover following Ryan Nelsen's announcement he will depart next week to take up his coaching post at Major League Soccer club FC Toronto.

The club are thought to be eyeing Rolando as a replacement and Redknapp's trip to Portugal has fuelled such rumours.

The Hoops, currently bottom of the Premier League and five points adrift of safety, have already struck in the transfer market this month, bringing in Loic Remy from Rennes and free agent Tal Ben Haim.

Portugal international Rolando, who has also been linked with Napoli, joined Porto from Belenenses in 2008 and has notched up over 100 appearances for the Primeira Liga club.

He has lifted the Portuguese title three times with Porto, as well as winning the UEFA Europa League, Portuguese Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

West Brom won't sell Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie: Will not be leaving West Brom

The Baggies striker is a target for QPR who have already had one offer rejected - believed to be 2million.

But West Brom's new sporting and technical director, Richard Garlick, insists the Baggies will only allow players to leave on their terms.

He said: "Last summer there were supposedly players leaving but we kept hold of most of them.

"We don't have to sell any of our players. It's only on our terms.

"It's well documented about Peter. We had an offer and we don't intend to sell any of our players.

"When an offer comes in, we speak to the player out of courtesy. We've had that chat with Peter and he knows the situation."

Albion also rejected a 5m bid from Rangers for defender Jonas Olsson who only signed a new four year contract in October.

Garlick does not expect West Brom to sign any players before the transfer window closes a week today.

He said: "We're happy with the squad we've got and there are no immedi ate plans to bring anyone in.

"If an opportunity presents itself, then we will look at that, but we're looking more towards the summer."

Yun poised to make QPR move

Yun Suk-Young: Set to undergo a medical at Queens Park Rangers

It is claimed that the 22-year-old will leave the K-League team's training camp on Thursday to undergo a medical in London.

Yun has turned out in England before, as he graced the 2012 Olympic Games with his national side.

He has since gone on to make his international bow at senior level, with South Korea taking aim at the 2014 World Cup.

It is possible that he could be a QPR player by the time that tournament rolls around, with Yun all set to become the latest Korean to grace the English top flight.

"He is expected to sign a contract with the QPR if he passes the test," read a short statement released by Chunnam Dragons.

Rabu, 23 Januari 2013

Cole makes gesture to old boss

Joe Cole: On target for West Ham against QPR

Cole's first West Ham goal for 10 years earned the hosts a deserved point on Saturday as Loic Remy was denied a dream debut for QPR, who were cast four points adrift at the foot of the standings.

Cole was tracked by Redknapp - who signed him for West Ham as a schoolboy - but he opted for a second spell at the Hammers earlier this month as his disappointing spell at Liverpool came to an end.

"It was difficult to turn Harry down - he's a top man and a great manager," said Cole, clutching the man of the match champagne.

"I had another one (bottle) as well but I sent it to Harry for on the coach.

"I asked somebody to send it over on to the coach for him. I'll always be indebted to him for everything he's done and it's just a little gesture so he can have a drink on the way back to Loftus Road."

Redknapp, whose side are unbeaten in 2013, a run of five games, said: "I love Joe. I signed him when he was a little boy.

"I just wished him all the best. Of course I did. I hope he does great."

Redknapp is also demanding improvement from his own side as he prepares to pair Remy up front with Bobby Zamora, who is close to a return to fitness, with playmaker Adel Taarabt in behind. Remy's arrival has seen Djibril Cisse join Qatari club Al Gharafa on loan for the rest of the season.

The QPR boss added: "It will give us a bit of attacking threat. Taarabt could play in a diamond, in behind.

"I'll find a way of trying to get the best out of them."

West Ham are also optimistic of a greater cutting edge after struggling to breach QPR's defences despite being on top for much of the game.

Cole said: "We're just looking at each other in the dressing room - 46 crosses into the box, we like to get in the box with Marouane (Chamakh), Carlton (Cole) - and Andy (Carroll) to come back as well.

"If you get 46 crosses in and get those boys playing you'll have an opportunity to win game s."

Chamakh had two good headed opportunities saved by Julio Cesar before the Brazilian goalkeeper could only parry an effort from substitute Carlton Cole, which Joe Cole tapped in.

"It's always nice to score a goal," said former Liverpool playmaker Cole, whose most recent strike for West Ham came on January 11, 2003, in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

"I'm enjoying my football, I feel I'm getting stronger. You can do as much training in the world but you need games.

"I feel I'm getting a bit stronger every game and it's nice to be affecting the game."

There was booing when Chamakh was replaced by Carlton Cole.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce said: "They (the fans) were having a boo at me before half-time. It was my decision to bring him off (that resulted in the booing), there was no doubt about that.

"The West Ham fans get as frustrated as we do, but they can't knock the performance."

Chamakh will be ineligible to play his par ent club Arsenal on Wednesday, with midfielder Cole eager to improve the Hammers' current run of one win and five points in seven Premier League games.

"You can have difficult moments in the season and if you can pick up points in the difficult moments you do all right," he said.

"I think 38 points will be enough this year and we want to get there as soon as possible. Let's focus on the next game at Arsenal - we want to take something from that - then you go from there.

"We've just got to go there and stifle Arsenal a little bit and then maybe we can do something."

A new offer for Yann M'Vila has come from England, Rennes have confirmed

Yann M'Vila: New offer made from England

General manager Pierre Dreossi admits the club want his situation resolved this weekend, and that an agreement with the Russian club was most likely.

Queens Park Rangers have been in talks, but now Dreossi says a new bid from England has come, and he would only confirm that it was not from Newcastle.

Arsenal, Tottenham, Fulham and Reading have also been linked with moves for the 22-year-old midfielder in recent weeks.

"It is complicated, but we are still in negotiations," said Dreossi.

"It is not agreed yet, there are delays in payment, everything. I hope we will find a solution.

"Also a new offer came in England and that could be interesting but Rubin Kazan is the priority, and we are negotiating.

"I expect the player to tell me he has reached an agreement with the club so we can finish the negotiations."

Dreossi feels QPR are now out of the running, adding: "QPR? I met with them for a long time [on Monday] but I thin k they will withdraw and I have not heard from them since.

He would not reveal the new bidder from England, saying "The new English club? This is not Newcastle - but no matter, M'Vila will leave and it will be finished before Saturday's game."

Selasa, 22 Januari 2013

Rennes braced for M'Vila exit

Yann M'Vila: Set to leave Rennes

A host of clubs including Queens Park Rangers, Fulham, Reading and Tottenham are understood to be keen on luring the France international to the Premier League.

However, Russian pair Zenit St Petersburg and Rubin Kazan are also keen with the latter believed to be favourites for his signature.

After M'Vila played in the win over Bastia, the club's general manager Pierre Dreossi was asked about the midfielder's future.

Dreossi would not reveal M'Vila's likely destination was, but admitted he was unlikely to play for Rennes again.

"There is a good chance that this is the last game Yann M'Vila will have played for Rennes," he said.

Ryan Nelsen will play his last game for QPR at home to Manchester City next week

Ryan Nelsen: Will play his last game for QPR against Manchester City on January

The 35-year-old central defender was given his new job on 8 January and QPR fans have been waiting to hear when he will depart for Canada.

The New Zealand international, who moved to west London from Tottenham last summer, will make his final appearance for the Premier League's bottom side at home to Manchester City next Tuesday.

The news is a blow to QPR's hopes of retaining their Premier League status, with Nelsen having been one of their outstanding performers this season.

Upon learning Nelsen was to depart at some stage, QPR boss Harry Redknapp said: "The longer he's here, the better for us, because he's a fantastic player, a great person and a top professional.

"We need him around as long as we possibly can, so hopefully we can keep him for most of the season."

But after Saturday's 1-1 draw at West Ham, Redknapp said: "We're going to lose him unfortunately."

Toronto FC have never reached the Major League Soccer play-offs and finished with a franchise-worst 5-21-8 record last season.

They have already begun their pre-season training camp and their 2013 season kicks off at Vancouver on 2 March.

Wearing a Toronto tracksuit top, he said of his change in roles: "I just love it. It's where my head's been for a few years now. You love everything about football but playing I didn't really enjoy so much as coaching. When that was happening, I knew it was time."

St Johnstone close in on QPR youngster Michael Doughty

Steve Lomas: Keen on Doughty

Doughty has already spent time training with the Saints squad and Lomas hopes to use his old London connections to tie-up the deal.

The Saints' boss said: "Michael was up to have a look around last week and we had a close look at him.

"Obviously I know Harry (Redknapp) well from our West Ham days and I know Marc Bircham (the London club's head of youth development) from my time at QPR.

"I think he would be a good asset to have, but a decision will have to be made in the next few days."

The Wales Under 19 international has already spent time on loan with Crawley Town and Aldershot.

QPR probe racism claim

The R's are in the midst of a revamp of their youth structure and recently released a number of players.

One of those has contacted the west Londoners, making an allegation of racist abuse against Langton.

QPR have confirmed the full-time coach has been suspended pending an internal investigation into the incident.

Senin, 21 Januari 2013

QPR boss Harry Redknapp praises goalkeeper Julio Cesar after West Ham display

Julio Cesar: Performance against West Ham praised by Harry Redknapp

The Brazil international, who arrived at Loftus Road from Inter Milan on a four-year deal in August, made a number of crucial saves in the London derby.

The 33-year-old twice denied Marouane Chamakh, with the Rs having to battle hard to secure a share of the spoils against the club where Redknapp began his playing career and managed.

"He's a world-class keeper. I'm lucky here, because I've got two top class keepers," Redknapp told the club's official website.

"Rob (Green) was fantastic for us at West Brom in the cup and Cesar, again, on Saturday was brilliant. You look at his CV and it's absolutely remarkable.

"He's won absolutely everything there is to win in the game and he's still relatively young for a keeper. He's world-class - a top, top goalkeeper."

New deal for 'delighted' Derry

Shaun Derry: Back in favour under Harry Redknapp

The veteran midfielder's previous deal was up in the summer and he is now committed to the club until the summer of 2014 - four years on from his arrival on a free transfer.

Derry's Rangers career has been rejuvenated since Harry Redknapp replaced Mark Hughes as manager, and the 35-year-old has started four times in a current five-match unbeaten run.

He told the official QPR website: "I'm absolutely delighted. It's changing times once again with Harry coming in and I find myself playing more now than I did under Mark Hughes.

"I'm just so delighted to commit myself to the club for another year - I'm enjoying my football more than ever.

"The fans played a major role in this decision. When you're not in the side or even in the squad and you're questioning whether or not you should move on, it always stuck in my mind the many happy memories I've had here.

"Now I'm back in the side and I'm appreciated by the fans as much as I have been s ince I arrived here and that means so much - it feels like home here."

Harry Redknapp wants QPR to move quickly to land Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila

Yann M'Vila: Rennes midfielder is a transfer target for QPR

Redknapp is keen to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window and has already seen Loic Remy added to his ranks in an 8million move from Marseille.

Speaking on Tuesday night, the Loftus Road boss said he hoped the arrival of M'Vila would be wrapped up in the coming days, but the move is yet to be finalised.

And now the former Tottenham boss has admitted that while discussions are on-going between all parties, there is a concern that rival bidders could hijack their swoop, with Everton and Tottenham also reported to be interested in the 22-year-old France international.

Redknapp told reporters after Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham, when Remy opened his account for the Rs: "We are working on it, that's all I can say.

"But you have to move quickly. The longer it goes on, the more people see his name in the papers."

Minggu, 20 Januari 2013

Redknapp: We must be bolder

Allardyce v Redknapp: Finished 1-1

Saturday's result at Upton Park left the Hoops four points adrift at the foot of the Premier League.

The Hammers dominated but could not breach Julio Cesar's defences until Joe Cole scored in the 68th minute to cancel out Loic Remy's 14th-minute opener on his QPR debut.

Redknapp conceded his side were second best and called for an improvement. The QPR boss said: "That's five games unbeaten. At least we're in there, having a go.

"We're trying, working hard, (but) you've got to play, haven't you? You've got to be bold enough to try to keep the ball.

"You can't keep kicking the ball back to them and inviting another attack.

"That's what we tended to do second half. We just sat in there, got deeper and deeper and couldn't get out, really.

"I like teams that can play. We need to be bolder and play and try to pass and keep hold of the ball better."

Redknapp's demands could prompt him to delve into the transfer market once mo re following the capture of Remy and the continued pursuit of Rennes' Yann M'Vila.

He added: "You need a bit of quality. You need people to be able to play and pass the ball under pressure. Spirit and effort will only take you so far."

The former Hammers boss still believes QPR have a good chance of survival.

He said: "We're picking up points at the moment. We're averaging more than a point a game.

"There's still enough games. You win back-to-back games, the whole picture will change, whether it's now, whether it's in eight games' time. There's a long way to go."