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Friday, June 19, 2009

Probably No Lopez at QPR....Sears Chooses Crystal Palace Over QPR ....Rehman Joins Bradford....QPR and All Clubs: Fighting Racism

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BBC -Lopez 'unlikely' to return to QPR
- Lopez was brought to QPR by former coach Paulo Sousa
Jordi Lopez's agent Alex Bonnot has admitted the midfielder is "very unlikely" to be at QPR this season.
- Spaniard Lopez, 28, made 10 appearances for the west London club last season and opened talks after his three-month contract at Loftus Road expired.
- But he was unhappy with the wages being offered and negotiations have ended.
- Bonnot, a former QPR player, said: "Jordi really liked it at Rangers and could have stayed if the offer was right, but it wasn't."
Your views on Lopez's future
Lopez had a spell with Real Madrid before winning the Uefa Cup with Sevilla in 2006.
- He was signed by former QPR coach Paulo Sousa after being released by Mallorca earlier this year.
- Sousa, who left Rangers in April, has been offered the Swansea manager's job. BBC

Dave McIntyre/BBC606 - Lopez set to move on
- It seems there is next to no chance of Jordi Lopez being at QPR this season.
- For some weeks the word coming out of Rangers has been that Lopez wanted a three-year contract and that his wage demands were excessive, and he would not be returning.
- This often happens with out-of-contract players and sometimes a compromise is reached even after one or both sides are adamant that a deal is impossible.
- But Lopez’ agent, former QPR player Alex Bonnot, seemed pretty sure when I spoke to him on Friday that there was now no going back.
- According to him, Rangers simply never came up with a reasonable offer.
- Bonnot was previously keen to stress that talks were ongoing and all options were being considered.
- But those talks are now dead.
- Lopez is likely to speak to other Championship clubs in the near future, while Rangers are looking elsewhere having ended any interest they had in the player.
- I wonder if Lopez will end up at Swansea, where Paulo Sousa has been offered the manager’s job.
- Sousa was pleased to sign Lopez for QPR and the two get on very well.
- Coincidentally, the first player Rangers tried to sign this summer was Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley.
- Perhaps they’ll be tempted to try again now Swansea have a new manager, although there’s no reason to think they’d have more luck. BBC606

Guardian - HAMMERS TALK: Sears sworn in to Palace
- CRYSTAL PALACE have beaten off competition from QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Peterborough to land West Ham striker Freddie Sears on a season-long loan deal, according to the Sun.
- Hammers boss Gianfranco Zola is keen to let the 19-year-old striker leave Upton Park to gain some valuable first-team experience, and it is understood that he has chosen Palace, despite a last-ditch effort by QPR to hijack the deal.
A source close to Sears told the Sun: “Freddie turned them down as he'd already shaken hands with Palace boss Neil Warnock.”

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Bradford Official Site - Zesh Rehman agrees two-year deal
- Zesh Rehman signed a two-year deal with City on Thursday after snubbing higher-division interest.
- Luke O'Brien, Joe Colbeck and Leon Osborne are also putting pen to paper as Stuart McCall's squad continues to take shape.
- Talking to the Telegraph & Argus Rehman said: "There were a couple of other clubs from a higher league but this just felt right.
- "My gut feeling told me to sign for Bradford and I've absolutely no regrets.From day one, I felt at home here. I'm fortunate enough to have played in all the divisions and I see this as the next step of my journey.
- "I'm 25 now and still feel the best years are ahead of me."
- McCall revealed that Rehman, like Peter Thorne, has taken a hefty pay cut to commit to the club where he spent the second half of last season on loan.
- He said: "We know the differential from what Zesh was getting paid last season and this season is huge. And I know he could have got more money from a club at a higher division.
- "When that's the case you're never sure you're going to get the player but Zesh has shown great commitment to us and he is desperate to do well here.
- "He's settled into the place and enjoys everything about it. Zesh is certainly not signing for Bradford for money - he wants to be a success here and it will be great to have him on board."
- Rehman made 17 appearances last term right across the back four but McCall intends to utilise the Pakistan international in his favoured central-defensive role.
- The City boss added: "He is versatile and played full back and centre back last season. I thought Zesh was outstanding at left back against Gillingham and had some good games on the right but we're looking at him to be a centre half.
- "Simon Ramsden is adept at playing right back and centre back but we definitely see Zesh playing in the middle." Bradford

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- Kick It Out officially launched its 2009 One Game One Community weeks of action earlier this week. This year's campaign will take place from 15th - 27th October, coinciding with Black History Month.
- As well as all 92 professional clubs in England and Wales taking part, the weeks have a strong community focus and play a role in celebrating diversity and inclusion across all other areas of the game.
- Grassroots clubs, schools, community groups and fans join the professional game in coming together in symbolic activities and initiatives, which resulted in over 1,000 events taking place last year.
- There are many ways that you could get involved in this year's weeks of action; you could host an event, run a competition or arrange a football tournament.
- Kick It Out may also be able to help with part funding your event through the One Game One Community Development Grants.
- Kick It Out offers a wide range of resources to support activities taking place, including t-shirts, sweatbands, key rings and badges as well as flags and banners which will help to link your event with football's most established equality and inclusion campaign.
- Visit www.kickitout.org to view the full range of resources and to find out more about the One Game One Community Development Grants. QPR

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