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Friday, May 01, 2009

QPR Demanded Too High a Loan Fee for Blackstock to Join Southampton

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This is Hampshire/Gordon Simpson - Dexter Blackstock would have come back to Southampton on loan
- DEXTER Blackstock would have been interested in a return to Saints if the club had matched the loan fee QPR had demanded.
- The 22-year-old striker will line up against his old side on Sunday for Nottingham Forest, who he joined on loan in March.
- He has scored twice in five games for the East Midlands outfit, after netting 12 for Rangers this term.
- But, had things been different, it could have been Saints he was trying to fire to safety over the last few weeks.
- “QPR wanted a certain amount of money for a loan deal, but Southampton couldn’t match it, so there wasn’t much to talk about in the end,” he told the Daily Echo.
- “But if it had been possible I definitely would have considered it.”

- Blackstock, who left Saints to join QPR in August 2006, admitted he was slightly relieved he wouldn’t have to score the goal that officially condemned Saints to relegation.
- However, he is just as pleased Forest are assured of their Championship status going into the final weekend.
- “I’m a little bit relieved, but then again I’m happy we got our jobs done before the last game,” he said.
- “But we want to win.”
- Blackstock – who famously scored his first Saints league goal in the 2-1 derby win agains Portsmouth at St Mary’s in November 2005 – added he was stunned at how far the club had fallen.
- “It’s a shame the situation they’re in obviously,” he said. “I’m not too sure what’s gone wrong, but when I signed there they were a stable Premiership club, so to be on minus-ten in League One is crazy.
- “It’s unbelievable, especially with the amount of money they have received for players like Kenwyne (Jones), Theo (Walcott), (James) Beattie and that.”
- He added it was always a strange feeling lining up against his former team, particularly this season.
- “It’s a bit of a strange feeling, especially with a lot of the young lads playing now,” he said.
- “But that’s what you’ve got to do, go out and do your job.
- “I keep in touch with quite a few of them, because we played for a long time together.
- “I speak to some of them now and again, like David McGoldrick and Simon Gillett and a few of the other lads.”
- Blackstock also backed Saints to make a swift return from League One – providing they keep hold of their best players.
- “If they can keep the same players I think they will do well,” he said.
- “It’s going to be very tough, but if they can keep hold of them that ten-point deduction can be overturned very quickly.”
- Blackstock has already played against Saints twice this season.
- He scored a brace when QPR caned Jan Poortvliet’s young side 4-1 at Loftus Road back in September, but he hardly got a sniff of goal in the 0-0 draw at St Mary’s in March. Daily Echo

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