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Zimbabwean Bhasera on the move again
Written by Sports Reporter Wednesday, 27 January 2010

onismor_bhaseraJOHANNESBURG – Zimbabwean international defender, Onismor Bhasera, is on the move again. (Pictured: Onismor Bhasera is adamant that he is a free agent.)

The Warriors fullback, who has been on the sidelines for six months owing to a protracted battle with his former South African club – Kaizer Chiefs and struggling English Premiership side, Portsmouth over his signature, is now said to be trying out at Sheffield Wednesday.

According to sources close to Bhasera, the Warriors left back, who spent the past few weeks trying to sign with another Championship side, Queens Park Rangers (QPR), began training last week. “Bhasera failed to strike a deal with QPR for a number of reasons and so he left,” said the source. According to the source, also a soccer player, Bhasera’s bid to sign for QPR failed because of technical changes in the team during the past two weeks.

“The man who initially wanted to sign him for Portsmouth – Paul Hart (former Portsmouth Manager) joined QPR last month, and he is the one who wanted to sign Bhasera for QPR.” However, the source added, Hart resigned a few days after Bhasera had resumed training with the Championship club, creating a problem for the Warriors defender. After his failure to land the QPR contract, Bhasera left for Wednesday late last week and is now training with the club, hoping for better luck.

“He has begun training with Sheffield Wednesday and I just hope that things will work out for him this time because he is a talented and committed individual who really deserves a break into the bigger and financially rewarding English leagues,” added the friend. Bhasera’s move from QPR comes a few days after the English First Division side denied signing the former Kaizer Chiefs defender, something that had been reported last week.

“We did not sign Bhasera, although we have had him regularly coming for trials here,” said QPR media manager, Paul Morrissey last week. It remains to be seen if Kaizer Chiefs will allow Bhasera’s latest bid to find an English club, as the Naturena-based club still insist that the Zimbabwean is contracted to them until the end of the current season, while the defender is adamant that he is a free agent. Zimbabwean

See Earlier re Bhasera

Evening Standard - Harford in striker search after Rangers capitulate

Mick Harford will ask the Queens Park Rangers board for the cash to buy a striker after his side were thumped 5-0 by Nottingham Forest last night.

The caretaker boss locked his players in the City Ground dressing room for nearly an hour after the hammering.

Harford, who has seen winger Wayne Routledge join Newcastle, is set to step up his attempts to find some more firepower to boost his flagging play-off bid.He said: "It's clear from that performance that we need a striker and that's something I'll be looking to address. The players have been told in no uncertain terms that kind of performance is not acceptable." This is London

Ben Kosky - Kilburn Times: Harford on Quashie and Ikeme

MICK Harford is convinced Nigel Quashie's QPR roots will be a key asset as the midfielder embarks on his second spell at Loftus Road.

Quashie came through the youth system at Rangers and played 63 times for the first team before the cash-strapped club sold him to Nottingham Forest for £2.5m in 1998.

And Harford, whose predecessor Paul Hart first sounded out the former Scotland international about a return to west London, told the Times: "It is a big help that he knows the club.

"He already has an affiliation with the fans, that's important and every player here knows who Nigel Quashie is and what he's about. I think he'll be a good signing for Queens Park Rangers.

"Nigel's had an injury problem, but he's been at MK Dons and played eight or nine games in the last two months, so we know he comes here fit and available to play football.

"He brings a bit of experience and knowhow with him and he's a very good footballer. He's trained with us and looked excellent and settled in very well."

Quashie, now 31, moved on to Portsmouth, Southampton, West Brom and West Ham following his two-year stint at Forest and also won 14 caps for Scotland.

He trained with QPR last week while negotiating his release from West Ham and made his second debut for Rangers in Tuesday's 5-0 hammering by former club Forest.

Another debutant was left-back Matt Hill, who signed a loan deal from Wolves until the end of the season - almost five years after turning down the chance to play for QPR.

The 28-year-old, who began his career with Bristol City, was a transfer target for former Rs manager Ian Holloway, but opted to sign for Preston instead.

Meanwhile, QPR will also try and persuade Wolves to extend goalkeeper Carl Ikeme's loan period until the end of the season.

Ikeme, who is behind Wayne Hennessey and Marcus Hahnemann in the queue for the keeper's jersey at Molineux, has impressed at Rangers since his temporary move, which ends after next week's trip to Peterborough.

"Ikeme's here to add competition and play games," said Harford. "He's looked great in training, he's got a great attitude and presence about him and we're delighted with him.

"I think when you sign players from Premier League teams, firstly they're expected to play and if they're not good enough, they won't. But Carl's proved he's more than good enough to play for Queens Park Rangers Kilburn Times

Priskin? - Kilburn Times 27 January 2010 Ipswich Town's Tamas Priskin
By Dave McIntyre and Ben Kosky

QPR have made a bid to sign Hungarian hitman Tamas Priskin from Ipswich after offloading Patrick Agyemang to Bristol City.

Priskin has failed to impress since a big-money move to Portman Road from Watford in the summer and has lost his place in Ipswich's first team.

But Rangers are interested in taking the 23-year-old target man - an international team-mate of Rs playmaker Akos Buzsaky - on loan with a view to a permanent move.

They have enquired about a number of other forwards, including Stoke's Dave Kitson, but are now preparing to make a formal offer for the Town striker.

Priskin scored 19 goals in 82 appearances during his three-year spell with the Hornets, which included a brief loan with Preston in 2008, before his move to Ipswich.

Rangers have cleared the decks for his arrival by allowing Agyemang to move to Ashton Gate on loan until the end of the season, with an agreed price of around £450,000 for his permanent transfer if he impresses.

The 29-year-old striker hit a purple patch of scoring form soon after his £350,000 arrival from Preston two years ago, but had been in and out of the side under Rangers' recent procession of managers.

Also leaving Loftus Road was winger Wayne Routledge, who joined Championship front-runners Newcastle in a £1.25m deal after they beat neighbours Middlesbrough to his signature.

Rangers turned down an initial bid for Routledge from Gordon Strachan's side, but had been anxious to trim their wage bill by selling the former Crystal Palace and Tottenham player.

There has also been speculation over the future of Rowan Vine, but new QPR boss Mick Harford confirmed that the forward remains very much part of his plans.

Vine recently underwent a hernia operation, but featured in last week's friendly against Luton and Harford told the Times: "He'll probably have a reserve game or two, but he's not in my plans to go out on loan.

"I was instrumental in bringing Rowan to the club when I was here last time and everyone knows what he's about. He's industrious, infectious and good to have around the place.

"Unfortunately he had that horrific injury, which obviously set him back a bit and he's just had a little operation, but he's training well and looks fit.

"If we can get Rowan Vine back to what he was, we've got a good player on our hands.

"You've got to be careful with players who have been out long-term, with secondary injuries, not fatigue them and make sure they're fresh and ready to go into the first team."

However, there could be further departures from QPR before the transfer window closes next Monday, with central defender Fitz Hall also lined up for a loan move.

The central defender was another of the clutch of players who joined what was then viewed as a Rangers revolution two years ago, but he has lost his place in the Rs side since Jim Magilton's departure in December. Kilburn Times

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