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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

QPR Supposedly Set to Sign Steven Reid on Loan

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BBC - Reid closes in on QPR loan move
- Blackburn midfielder Steven Reid is set to join Queens Park Rangers on loan, BBC Radio Lancashire understands.
- Reid, 28, moved to Ewood Park from Millwall in July 2003 and has made over 100 appearances for Rovers.
- But a knee injury has restricted him to just seven domestic games since the beginning of last season.
- The Republic of Ireland international will provide cover for the Rangers midfield after long-term injuries to both Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands.
- He is expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday's Championship clash with Doncaster. BBC

LONDON INFORMER/Paul Warburton - Exclusive: QPR close in on Steven Reid
- QPR will breathe life into the career of Steven Reid if they succeed in bringing the Irish international to Loftus Road on a one-month loan deal.
- Rangers have been hit by a succession of midfield injuries – and the latest that rules Gavin Mahon out for at least fourth months – has triggered a move for the Kingston-on-Thames born player who cost Blackburn £2million when Reid transferred from Millwall in July, 2003.

But although he’s had his high spots over the last six years, including his club’s goal-of-the-season in 2005-06 from a 35-yard rocket against Wigan, the 28-year-old has been beset by a succession of injuries that’s ruined the last two campaigns at Ewood Park.

Hamstring, back and cruciate ligament damage one after the other have restricted Reid’s appearances to just 25 in all competitions since 2007.

So far this term, he’s made three Carling Cup games for Rovers, and scored in the 5-2 win over Peterborough in the last round at the end of October.

Mahon’s shock injury comes on the back of a season-long lay-off for skipper Martin Rowlands, who sustained cruciate ligament damage playing for Ireland last month. Lee Cook is also not expected to be in line for a first-team recall until after Christmas.
- It leaves Rangers with just on-loan Ben Watson and Alejandro Faurlin in the centre of midfield, with Reid likely to be added to the bench for the trip to Doncaster on Saturday.
- Andy Marshall should also join him there, when the Aston Villa keeper pulls on the gloves vacated by Tom Heaton, recalled to Manchester United at the end of a three-month loan spell.
- Marshall, 34, was in line for a Rangers deal in the summer, and played in a pre-season friendly against Southampton, but chose to join Aston Villa instead where he’s now third choice.
- Rangers have set up a deal to bring Heaton back to west London permanently in January for £300,000 – but will insure against a keeper crisis by adding Marshall in another one-month loan as back-up to Radek Cerny.
- Rowan Vine is also set for a surprise recall to the Rangers bench at Donny after a rapid recovery from a clean-up hernia operation at the beginning of last week. London Informer

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