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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

No QPR Nardiello Announcement Yet, but More Barnsley on His Departure

After yesterday's announcement by Barnsley about Daniel Nardiello, QPR fans spent the rest of yesterday and the beginning of today waiting for an announcement from Queens Park Rangers.

The Star (South Yorkshire) - Reds begin search for a striker
BARNSLEY today began the task of replacing star striker Daniel Nardiello without chief scout Martin Wilkinson.
Newly capped Welsh international Nardiello stunned Oakwell officials yesterday with his 11th hour decision to join QPR.
Wilkinson's departure was one of two behind the scenes changes at Barnsley. Marketing manager Darren Hayes has also left.
Barnsley manager Simon Davey's top priority now is to find a fourth striker for his squad.
He has recruited Kayode Odejayi and Miguel Mostto to join Istvan Ferenczi. As late as yesterday morning he thought he had secured last season's top scorer Nardiello.
But QPR stepped in and the player and his agent drove to London to finalise the free transfer.
Davey explained yesterday: "This has come out of the blue, we had a deal with him on Friday and he was due at the club at 11am. At 12 we got the call saying he was going to QPR.
"We'd made him a very good offer, beat off Coventry. He looked like he was coming back to us."
Davey added that he was still lining up other players. He also confirmed Wilkinson had left Oakwell.
Barnsley chairman Gordon Shepherd told the club's website: "The club are desperately disappointed at Daniel's late, late decision – especially as the deal was all agreed and the paperwork ready on the table for his signature.
"We are also very unhappy at assurances given to us by the player that he would only consider leaving Oakwell for a club closer to his home in the Midlands.
"As we had been hoping to announce Daniel's signature this afternoon, we feel that we have no alternative but to inform our supporters of the events and we are sure that they will share our deep disappointment at the way we have been treated today."
The Star

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