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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Routledge: QPR Versus Cardiff...Leon Knight Sacked (Again)...Flashback: QPR Pursue Knight....Cochrane Joins Rushden...Flashbacks: Kulscar & Czerkas

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Aston Villa winger in hot demand

ASTON Villa winger Wayne Routledge is at the centre of a tug of war between Championship rivals Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers.
Routledge is impressing on-loan at Cardiff and Ninian Park boss Dave Jones wants to make the move permanent in the January transfer window. But the former England under-21 international has also attracted the interest of Rangers’ manager Paulo Sousa who is lining up a bid for him. Villa boss Martin O’Neill is unlikely to stand in the way of Routledge leaving Villa permanently.
Routledge has failed to make a success of his £1.25m move to Villa from Tottenham in January.
He has not started a Premier League game for Villa - making just two substitute appearances in the top flight.
While Routledge is heading for the exit door, O’Neill is to open contract talks with midfielder Stiliyan Petrov in the New Year...." Sunday Mercury

ASTON VILLA winger Wayne Routledge is at the centre of a tug of war between Championship rivals Cardiff and QPR.
Routledge, 23, is currently on loan at Ninian Park and Bluebirds boss Dave Jones wants to make the move permanent during the transfer window. But Rangers boss Paulo Sousa is also lining up a bid for him. News of the World

From last week:Rushden & Diamonds - Leon Knight sacked
Striker, Leon Knight has this week been sacked by Rushden & Diamonds FC following continuous breaches of the Club's code of conduct.
Chairman Keith Cousins confirmed "His contract has been terminated without prejudice to our right for a fee. He has been informed of that in writing this week with the approval of the FA, PFA and Football Conference."
Although Knights' contract has been terminated, he cannot move to another Club without an agreement being made with Rushden & Diamonds F.C. until such time as the term of his contract has expired.
Knight played 13 times for the Diamonds scoring 4 times, where the former Chelsea trainee has also played for Milton Keynes Dons, Huddersfield, Brighton, Swansea and Wycombe.
Since being placed on the transfer list in October 2008, Knight has not been involved with the squad at all. Rushden & Diamond

- Flashback: Leon Knight & QPR:
- Leon Knight Joins QPR on Loan
"...QPR boss Ian Holloway has completed his first signing by securing the services of Chelsea's Leon Knight on a month's loan...."

- November 17, 2004 - QPR Official Site - LEON KNIGHT IN TALKS
- Rangers manager Ian Holloway has confirmed that talks are underway with Leon Knight in an attempt to bring the 20-year old striker to Loftus Road.
Less than 24 hours after the Chelsea front man grabbed a brace for loan club Brighton to condemn Rangers to a 2-1 defeat, Holloway admitted that he has been trying to secure the services of Knight for some time and that he is a player he would love to sign.
"We witnessed first hand what this player is capable of last night and he is just the type of player we need to boost our promotion chances.
"Talks have been underway since before the game and I have to say that I am very impressed with him as a young man as well as a footballer. He's a good listener, very mature and I would love to sign him."
Rangers now face a tug-of-war with Brighton for the player's services after both the Rs and the Seagulls agreed a fee with Chelsea. Ollie knows that Knight has some thinking to do.
"Naturally we all understand that he is enjoying his football at Brighton, but I have done my best to show what we can offer him here in terms of potential and I know he will have a very difficult decision to make. But I hope he makes the right decision for us.
"Just like us, Brighton have lost a key player and I am sure they would like to sign him - I just hope that I have been able to convince him that signing for QPR would be a wonderful move for him. But he's a great lad and I wish him all the best whatever happens and whatever he decides."
Knight is one of a number of strikers that Rangers have their eye on, but it is clear that the Chelsea youngster is right at the top of Ian Holloway's wanted list and has been for some time.
Knight will now head back to Brighton and leave the Rangers management to await his decision. QPR

Rushden Official Site - Justin Cochrane signs
Midfielder, Justin Cochrane has today joined Rushden & Diamonds.
Cochrane started his career as a trainee with QPR, later moving on to Hayes and Crewe Alexandra, where he made more than 70 appearances. More recently Cochrane went on to Rotherham, Yeovil and has most recently been on the books at Millwall, where he made one appearance. This season he has been on trial with Leyton Orient.
The 26 year old midfielder plays internationally for the Antigua and Barbuda national team and will be given squad number 22. Rushden & Diamonds

Ex-QPR Loan, Bob Malcom:
"....Along with the likes of Stephen Hughes, Graeme Smith and Chris Porter, Malcolm is out of contract in the summer.
English vultures are bound to be circling but after sampling life at Derby and QPR, Bob said: "The grass isn't always greener down south.
"You can play a few games then be out for 10 before you get back in. But if any of us wants to move on we'll need to do better." Sunday Mail

Flashback: Two Years Ago (Yesterday): QPR Forward Adam Czerkas Sent Home
December 20, 2006: QPR Official Site -POLE AXED
[After a few hours, The club changed their headline to "CZERKAS DEPARTS"]
Polish front-man Adam Czerkas has had his loan contract terminated with immediate effect. The 22 year-old - who penned a one year loan deal with the R's from Kolporter Korona SSA in mid July - made just three appearances in the Championship, as well as figuring in the Carling Cup tie against Port Vale.

- Gary Waddock's prolonged search for a striker is finally over - after Polish front-man Adam Czerkas today (Tuesday) put pen to paper on a one year loan deal with the R's. The 22 year-old - who impressed Waddock during pre-season training and again in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Saturday - signed on the dotted line at Loftus Road this evening. Rangers have the option of signing the Kolporter Korona SSA striker on a permanent basis at the end of his loan spell....
[Garry Waddock:] "It's no secret that we've been on the look out for a striker for months, not just weeks, and our patience has finally been rewarded. "Obviously I'm delighted we've secured his services and if what we've seen in training and in the practice match is anything to go by, R's fans are in for a treat next season.
"He's got a great eye for goal, has terrific movement, is good with his back to goal and has the unique ability of being able to get in behind defenders.
"He'll complement our current crop of attackers and we've got extremely high hopes for him next season.'' The former Kolporter Korona SSA attacker - who measures in at 6'1'' and will wear the number 28 shirt - is in line to make his R's debut against Stevenage Borough on Wednesday. QPR Report

Flashback: George Kulscar - Ray Harford's First Signing, Debuted Eleven Years Ago Today
- Eleven years ago today, December 21, 1997, QPR new manager's Ray Harford's first signing for QPR, George Kulscar, made his QPR debut at home to Bradford (the club he had just left). Hungarian/Australian, Kulscar signed from Bradford for 250,00 pounds. QPR won that game 1-0 (Peacock penalty) before a crowd of just under 9,000 with Kulscar going off injured. (one of four victories under Harford). QPR won 's team that day: Roberts - Brevitt Ready Maddix Yates - Sinclair Kulscar Peacock Quashie - Spencer Sheron - Sub: Gallen & Murray

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