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Friday, July 09, 2010

QPR Report Friday: Warnock Confirms Spurs Friendly Fell Through....Orr? Smith? Ambrose?

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- Neil Warnock is relishing taking the R's First Team squad on tour to Cornwall next week - and can't wait to be reacquainted with the Cornish people!
- Over the course of their week-long trip to the West Country, Rangers play Tavistock AFC, Bodmin Town and Torquay United - and the gaffer revealed how much he is looking forward to the R's pre-season campaign really kicking off.
- "The Cornwall tour is all about giving the lads some game time," he told www.qpr.co.uk.
- to start getting minutes under their belts.
- "We're taking 20 odd players with us and they'll all get at least 90 minutes under their belts over the course of the three matches.
- "Pre-season is all about fitness, fitness, fitness! The results of the first few games are largely immaterial."
- Warnock added: "People may question why we've not got a pre-season friendly against a Premier League side.
- "We thought we had Tottenham, but that fell through.

- "But to be honest I'm not too disappointed. I've played sides like that in the past - where you don't get to see too much of the ball - and that can be a worthless exercise."
- Going back to the tour to Cornwall, the R's boss continued: "The facilities are great down there.
- "It will be hard graft for a week, but there'll also be time for some relaxing - a round of golf if the lads fancy it.
- "However, even on the days we play, we'll be doing some physical stuff in the morning of the game."
- Warnock is encouraging Rangers fans to follow their side in great numbers during pre-season, adding: "I'm sure we'll have a few fans following us around and from past experience, there's always a great friendly atmosphere around the grounds.
- "It's like a pre-season party - it's fantastic!
- "It's a neglected part of the football world if you ask me.
- "The Cornish people always really appreciate Clubs like QPR coming down - I've even been asked to do the official opening of the new changing rooms at Tavistock!"

Mirror - Palace ready to cash in on Ambrose and Clyne
James Nursey

- Crystal Palace are set to do a U-turn and cash in on star duo Darren Ambrose and Nathaniel Clyne.
- Championship Palace were saved last month by fans consortium CPFC 2010, who have taken the cash-strapped club out of administration.
- The Eagles' owners also vowed to hold on to their best players and Ambrose's proposed switch to QPR was controversially aborted.
But new manager George Burley has since been told he must rely on free transfers to rebuild the squad.
And Burley is now prepared to listen to offers for both midfielder Ambrose, 26, and 19-year-old right-back Clyne.
Ambrose, who bagged 20 goals last term, is expected to link up again with former Palace boss Neil Warnock at QPR.
While Premier League Birmingham City remain in dialogue about signing Clyne.
Brum have had one bid of around £750,00 rejected for Clyne but want the starlet as Stephen Carr's long-term replacement. Mirror

Fulham Chronicle - Paul Warburton - QPR target Portsmouth winger Tommy Smith
QPR have turned their attentions to right-winger Tommy Smith as the final piece in a pre-season jigsaw following a failed attempt for Reading’s Jobi McAnuff.

Smith is available for a fraction of the £1.8million Portsmouth paid Watford for the 30-year-old a year ago as the relegated Premiership club look to slash a wage bill that plunged them into administration.

Rangers enquired about McAnuff nearly a month ago, but were put off by the £2million asking price.

However, they still need someone on the right to complete a squad that gets going with an outing at non-league Tavistock FC on Monday – and boss Neil Warnock thinks Smith could fit the bill.

The ex-Watford star was a Vicarage Road hero for three seasons, and has the added advantage in QPR eyes of mixing a wide role with successful stints as striker and attacking midfielder. Fulham Chronicle

This is Bristol - City in talks over £500,000 deal for Orr
BRADLEY Orr's future is likely to be determined one way or the other this weekend.

Bristol City's long-serving right-back is a target for npower Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers, who are preparing a bid of around £500,000.

Although a formal offer has not yet been submitted for the 27-year-old Liverpudlian, City and Rangers officials are discussing a possible fee and debating what percentage will be paid up front.

It is understood both City boss Steve Coppell and Orr, pictured, would prefer the situation to be resolved before the Robins depart for a week-long pre-season tour to Sweden on Monday.

Orr was a key member of the City side that won automatic promotion from League One in 2007 and made it to the Championship play-off final 12 months later and has only one year left to run on his contract.

Sources inside Ashton Gate suggest an offer of £500,000 or above will probably be accepted.

The player is keeping his options open and has yet to sign a contract extension offered to him at the end of last season.

Bankrolled by billionaire Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, Rangers are prepared to buy success in a bid to regain their Premier League status, while Rangers manager Neil Warnock is a confirmed admirer of Orr. Should the defender make the switch to Loftus Road, City boss Coppell will almost certainly require cash for a replacement.

Academy product Christian Ribeiro is being widely touted as a viable long-term alternative option on the right side of defence, but the Welsh international is short of experience at Championship level and is injured. This is Bristol

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