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Monday, June 22, 2009

QPR Programme Ranked #17...Lopez Linked to Swansea....Ainsworth on Sousa....QPR's Oastler Profiled....Forest Still Want Camp...Other Snippets

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This is South Wales - Spanish midfielder linked to Swans
- PAULO Sousa could make Uefa Cup winner Jordi Lopez his first Swansea City signing.
- Spanish creator Lopez signed a short-term deal at Queens Park Rangers when Sousa was manager back in February.
- But the 28-year-old looks set to move on during the close season — and Sousa is tipped to make a move.
- Lopez played two games for Real Madrid before switching to Sevilla, where he was part of the side which lifted the Uefa Cup in 2006.
- Then came spells with Real Mallorca and Racing Santander before he decided to try his luck in English football. Lopez had trials with Portsmouth and Blackburn last summer and, after spending the autumn training alone in his homeland, was expected to join Birmingham City in January.
- When that move fell through, Lopez penned a three-month deal at Loftus Road and went on to score once in 10 appearances. Swansea

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- "In case you missed it" - Gareth Ainsworth Strongly Praises Sousa
".... Former Cardiff City winger Gareth Ainsworth was on Sousa's coaching staff at QPR and took over as caretaker boss at Loftus Road when he left the club.
- "I don't think you can judge someone on just four or five months in any circumstances," Ainsworth told the Back Page.
- "Fans and players wanted him to stay as they enjoyed the change of style and the learning experience.
- Just to say Sousa will play good football like your ex-manager. He will attract good players and you will keep on improving
- "He's a fantastic man, well-respected, honest and an intelligent guy that comes across super-intelligent tactically.
- "In training he changed players, changed some players' positions and he brought some things out of players that I didn't see and I've been at QPR for seven years!
- "He's a real thinker, he can be a shouter and aggressive in the dressing room but is a very intelligent talker who speaks a lot of languages which is useful thesedays - but I'm not sure how he'll cope with the Welsh accents!
- "Swansea were blessed with Roberto Martinez who got them playing some great stuff and Paulo will add to that style as he was a fan of Swansea's way of playing the game.
"In a way he has a team that suits his footballing philosophies - and I can tell the Swansea fans that they're in for a treat. He'll be a top manager of the future." BBC - Your view re Sousa and his QPR Departure

Portsmouth News/Neil Allen - Rejected Oastler proves he's no average Joe
- Matt Ritchie may be heading the next generation of local talent in their assault on professional football - but Joe Oastler is right on his shoulder.
- For Pompey, he's the one that got away, with the Milton starlet now gunning for the QPR first team.
- Oastler contemplated quitting the game upon his Pompey release last summer following 10 years with his hometown club.
- Yet barely a month later he was snapped up by QPR after impressing at the exit trials.
- Since then the central defender has gone on to captain their reserve team and make two first-team squads, earning him a fresh one-year deal.
Oastler spent a decade alongside Ritchie at Fratton Park.
- Also among their team-mates was Emsworth's Joel Ward, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Bournemouth last season.
- Now the 18-year-old from Shelford Road is bidding to become the latest local player to break into the Football League.
- He said: 'Being released by Pompey was devastating and afterwards a few times I felt like giving up – but things couldn't have turned out any better.
- 'QPR picked me up at the Exit trials and put me with the youth team.
- 'Two days later I was told to train with the first team, given a squad number and stayed with them for the rest of the season.
- 'Only myself and another youth player, Lee Brown, did that. Gareth Ainsworth – the reserve manager – also gave me the captain's armband for the season.
- 'It's all happened so quick. I cannot remember much of the season, it flew by.
- 'I definitely feel I've improved. I've been on a weight programme which has really built me up and feel much better when playing now.
- 'The next aim is to start making some first-team appearances. We're back to training on July 1 and I'm really excited with a new manager (Jim Magilton) to impress.
- 'I still speak to Matt (Ritchie) and what he has done is phenomenal. I hope, like him, I will make a few appearances next season, on loan elsewhere if need be.
- 'I've just got to get into a first-team somewhere.'
Oastler was spotted by Pompey at the age of eight while turning out for Copnor North End.
- He remained on the Blues' books for the next 10 years until his release at the end of the 2007/08 campaign.
- The Milton Cross schoolboy found himself without a club last summer – then had 13 chasing his signature after starring in the exit trials.
- After opting for QPR, he featured as an unused substitute in the FA Cup Third Round goalless draw with Burnley and as an unused sub in the November 2-1 victory over Charlton.
- And he's backing the R's for a successful season ahead.
- He added: 'There are a few big clubs in there now and I think with the squad we have got we are good enough to get promoted,
- 'If we can get it right we can definitely challenge.' Portsmouth News

Nottingham Evening Post - Forest still keen on QPR keeper Camp
- Nottingham Forest are planning a fresh bid to land QPR keeper Lee Camp.
Reds boss Billy Davies is plotting a new seven-figure offer for the former Derby County player, as he looks to bolster his squad for the new season.
- It had seemed that Forest's interest in Camp (pictured) – who enjoyed an impressive spell on loan at the end of 2008 – had waned after they had failed to agree a fee for the player with the London club in January.
- Furthermore, the change of management at Loftus Road, where Jim Magilton has been appointed following the departure of Paulo Sousa, had prompted speculation that Camp might still have a future with the Hoops.
- But Davies, who managed Camp at Pride Park, is still a big fan of the 24-year-old who played 15 games for Forest and produced some spectacular performances under Colin Calderwood and John Pemberton.
And he is still keen to bring him to the City Ground to challenge Paul Smith for the number one jersey.
It is wrongly believed by many that Davies fell out with Camp during his tenure at Derby.
The Scot was in fact very keen to bring the keeper back to Forest when he initially took over the reigns.
And the Evening Post understands Forest are preparing to test new QPR manager Magilton's resolve with a fresh bid to sign Camp, who is likely to remain behind Czech international Radek Cerny in the pecking order.
- Camp himself remains enthusiastic about a return to Forest, if the club are willing to come close to matching the terms of his current QPR contract, which is believed to have three years left to run. Nottingham Evening Post


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