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Thursday, March 25, 2010

QPR Bring in a Defender...Chief Scout Coming

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- CHIEF SCOUT COMING - Dave McIntyre snippet "Volz offered deal til the end of season but has option abroad. Balanta loan considered. Chief scout coming in- will write something when I can - McIntyre

David McIntyre - BBC Sport
- Moritz Volz has been offered a contract until the end of the season, while Rangers may send Angelo Balanta out on loan before today’s deadline.
- Volz, who has been training with QPR for several weeks, is working his way back to fitness following a long-term groin injury.
- Having had some time to assess him, Neil Warnock has offered the full-back a deal until May but made it clear that Volz is unlikely to get much of an opportunity in the first team between now and then.
- Volz could therefore go elsewhere, with Denmark a possible destination.
- A Danish club has made him an offer, and he was due to inform Warnock of his decision some time later today.
- Volz has also attracted interest from League One clubs, as has Balanta.
- The youngster could leave on loan if QPR are given assurances that he will play. In which case, he will be monitored very closely by Rangers during any loan spell.
- Otherwise, he is one of several fringe players being lined up for a first-team place once Rangers are safe from relegation.
- Barring a loan move for Balanta, as of lunchtime it looked like the signing of Serbian left-back Dusco Tosic on a short-term contract would be the club’s only involvement in the transfer market.
- Tosic is a free agent having left Portsmouth, whose slide into administration led to his contract being cancelled only weeks after he had signed from German club Werder Bremen.
- Enquiries have been made about other players, but Warnock has previously stated that he will only consider loan deals if it involves an agreed price for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.

- The summer and beyond is where much of his focus lies.
- And with that in mind, he is about to make an important addition to his backroom team: QPR’s first full-time chief scout since 2004.
- Six years after Mel Johnson left Loftus Road and was not replaced, Rangers are set to appoint Kevin Randall, who is currently chief scout at Crystal Palace.
- Randall, 64, worked with Warnock at both Palace and Sheffield United, and will be an important part of the manager’s preparations for next season.

- In the meantime, Tosic’s arrival will give Warnock the chance to look at him and have extra cover in the left-back position.
- It could be needed, because Gary Borrowdale is on loan at Charlton and Matt Connolly has been struggling with an ankle problem.
- Connolly may have an injection ahead of Saturday’s game at Preston, where he could yet feature.
- If he is left out at Deepdale, which seems likely, he is expected to return for the following Saturday’s match against Sheffield Wednesday. BBC

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Posted on: Thu 25 Mar 2010
QPR Manager Neil Warnock has swooped to signed Dusko Tosic on loan from Premiership outfit Portsmouth until the end of the season, subject to Football League approval.

After initially preventing Portsmouth from registering Tosic, the Premier League sanctioned the move provided he was immediately loaned to a team outside the top-flight.

A host of Championship Clubs expressed an interest, but - having met with R's gaffer Warnock - the left back opted for a move to QPR.

"I am delighted to be here," Tosic told www.qpr.co.uk. "All I want to do is play games, and hopefully I will get that chance here with Queens Park Rangers.

"I didn't want to play for any Championship team, it had to be right. I have watched a couple of QPR matches and there are some very good players here.

"The Club has a great tradition also, which is important."

Serbian international Tosic, who can also play at centre back, is expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday's trip to Preston.

R's gaffer Warnock is pleased to have secured the services of the sought-after 25-year-old, telling www.qpr.co.uk: "This is a good opportunity to have a look at a young international footballer between now and the end of the season." QPR

Posted on: Thu 25 Mar 2010
Dusko Tosic began his career with OFK Beograd in his native Serbia, making 80 appearances and scoring six goals before moving to French outfit Sochaux in 2006.
Tosic's reputation across the continent was growing by this stage and, as a result, he only spent one year in France before joining German giants Werder Bremen.
The left back, who is 6' 1", made 22 appearances for the Bundesliga side prior to joining Portsmouth in February of this year.
Tosic has made nine appearances for his national side to date, making his Serbia debut in November 2006 against Norway in a match which finished 1-1.

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