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Thursday, July 22, 2010

QPR Report Thursday: Ambrose Hopes Persist...Malaysian Youth Signs?...Albanian Doesn't...QPR's Reduced Championship Odds..Ron Springett Turns 75

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- Albanian Player Seemingly Not Joining QPR

- Youth Player, Daniel Bailey, Released by QPR/Trialing With Wycombe

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Ben Kosky/Kilburn Times - Ambrose Deal Still on The Cards
QPR are still confident of bringing Crystal Palace midfielder Darren Ambrose to Loftus Road before they kick off the new season next month.

Manager Neil Warnock offered his old club £750,000 for their top scorer - who has a year left on his Selhurst Park contract - earlier this summer, but the bid was spurned by Palace's new owners.

Warnock's number two Mick Jones told the Times: "The bid's on the table and it's substantial. Remember, we took him to Palace on a free transfer and we feel the bid is more than fair.

"But Neil's in two minds in that he wants to look after Palace as well and that's why the offer is a good one. If they ask for more I can't see us upping the bid, but equally I can't see them keeping a player who doesn't want to be there.

"Hopefully it's going to get resolved and Darren will become our player before the start of the season. If he doesn't, we've got other people in mind.

"With a bit of luck, we'll have three more signings before the kick-off. We're just waiting for people's responses now and if we get the right response we'll get them in as soon as possible."

Warnock has already signed defender Clint Hill and midfielder Shaun Derry from Palace since he quit his job there to take over at Rangers in March. Kilburn Times

QPR Official Site/Ian Taylor - TOUR BLOG: PART THREE
Posted on: Thu 22 Jul 2010

Hogan Ephraim's in a rich vein of form isn't he?

The attacker bagged the opener and shone once again, as the R's eased to a 4-1 victory over Equipe Romagna over here in Italy last night.

Ephraim was arguably the star-turn, as Neil Warnock's side put the difficulties of the searing evening heat to one side, to totally orchestrate proceedings against the Serie A trialists

But for me, it was the pre-match build-up that provided my particular highlight of day three.

Now, the likes of Jay Z, Oasis and Kanye West are always firm favorites on the boom box at Loftus Road, but the sound of The Proclaimers' 'I Would Walk 5000 Miles' bellowing out of the away dressing room was a new one on me.

Not that you could actually hear the words from the Scottish duo, thanks in part to Clint Hill and Shaun Derry's insistence on singing (or should I say shouting!) every single word at the top of their voice.

It's amazing the impact those two have had on this group of players in such a short space of time. Their leadership skills and camaraderie are second to none and you sense they'll have a massive part to play - both on and off the pitch - next season.

The match itself was a fairly straightforward, yet useful, affair for the R's.

Josh Parker impressed once again, whilst Leon Clarke deservedly bagged a brace - his first goals in QPR colours.

I caught up with Akos Buzsaky, Hogan and the gaffer afterwards to get their thoughts and you can watch all three videos on QPR Player in the coming days.

The general feeling was that it was another step up the ladder for the squad, as the start of the npower Championship season draws ever closer.

The bus pulled back into the hotel at around midnight and after a quick bite to eat, the lads retired to their rooms, after another long, but successful day.
(Blog entry by Ian Taylor) QPR

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Mirror- Arsenal starlet to quit club after summer tour snub
Published 23:00 21/07/10 By James Nursey

Jay Simpson is set to quit Arsenal after being excluded from their pre-season tour.

Homegrown Gunners’ striker Simpson, 21, hoped for a final chance to save his Emirates career after scoring twice against Barnet.

But Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has omitted Simpson from the party which travelled to Austria.

Simpson, who has 12 months left on his contract, is now set to leave on another season-long loan after being farmed out to QPR last term.

QPR, Leeds, Hull and Leicester all want the starlet with a view to a permanent transfer next summer when he will be available for just compensation. Mirror

Supposed QPR Malaysian Youth Signing
Malaysian boy signs plays for British football club

Ash has signed a two-year contract with the QPR. (Photo courtesy: Sin Chew Daily)

KUALA LUMPUR: A 13-year-old Malaysian gifted footballer, Ash Hameed from Selangor, has signed a two-year contract with the Queens Park Rangers Football Club (QPR) in April this year.

Ash's father told the Sin Chew Daily in an exclusive interview that Ash started to receive free training for two years after signing the contract with the QPR on 10 April this year and the contract would only be expired in June 2012.

Ash, a left-foot striker, first raised the attention of various football clubs after helping the Crest Academy win the Middlesex Watkin League Cup for Brent Schools under-12s with a five-goal burst.

Ash's father used to be a player of the Malaysia youth football team under-18s and the Selangor football team (1988 to 1990). He decided to send Ash to England after discovering his son's high talent in playing football.

He said: "I have been giving him basic football skill training since he was young. I sent him to the local Brazil Football Centre when he was six years old.

Many coaches of the centre told me that Ash was gifted. They also suggested that I should send him to England for training.

"I brought Ash to England in 2008 and we faced some difficulties at the beginning. We had looked for many schools before Ash was accepted by the Kodak Football Club. The youth training centre of the Arsenal Football Club had also given him a training offer."

"Ash is a Liverpool fan and his dream is to represent the club one day. However, I am a fan of Manchester, a Liverpool's sworn army. Although we are supporting different teams, it does not affect our relationship," he said.

He also said that Ash had been selected as one of the eight best players of the QPR and was informed to play in an invitation tournament under-15s of an Europe football club. The participating teams included famed teams like Barcelona. However, the QPR did not send the team to play in the end and he believed that it was due to sponsorship problems.

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