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Thursday, August 05, 2010

QPR Report Thursday: Spurs' Taarabt Joins QPR...Warnock Comments...Various Championship Previews


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Taarabt Joins QPR!

Spurs Official Site - Adel to QPR
- We have reached agreement with Queens Park Rangers for the transfer of Adel Taarabt.
- The 21-year-old joined us from Lens in January 2007, originally on loan before making the deal permanent that summer, and has gone on to feature on 15 occasions for us.
- The Morocco midfielder has already enjoyed two separate loan spells at Loftus Road since March 2009, playing a total of 51 games and scoring eight goals.
- We wish Adel all the best for the future. Spurs

Posted on: Thu 05 Aug 2010
- Queens Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of talented playmaker Adel Taarabt from Tottenham Hotspur.
- The 21 year-old, who netted an impressive seven times in 41 appearances last term, has penned a three-year deal at Loftus Road, after the two Clubs agreed an undisclosed fee for his services.
- Taarabt's signing represents a massive coup for the R's, and QPR boss Neil Warnock is relishing the prospect of once again linking up with a player who last season flourished during a second loan stint in W12.
- "I'm glad to have finally tied Adel up," he told www.qpr.co.uk. "He's a player who has got a unique talent and I'm hoping that we can channel it for the good of QPR.
- "I've been very patient and I've probably worn him down over the past few months! We're delighted to have him on board and he gives us that little bit of quality that you need.
- "I think it's good for him that he knows where he's going to be permanently now. Long-term, his target is still to play at the very top level, and I'm hoping that we can help him to achieve that."
- Taarabt, whose former boss, Harry Redknapp, once remarked, 'He's an amazing talent, I've not seen too many with that type of skill in my life. It's frightening,' is understandably delighted to have secured his long-term future with a permanent switch to the R's.
- "I'm delighted to be back," Taarabt explained. "I had options to go elsewhere, but what Neil said to me was very positive and I've made the decision to join QPR.
- "Over the past year, everyone at the Club has been great to me - it feels like home here.
- "This is the first time in my life that I've had ambition. Before, I'd play football just to enjoy it, but now I've come to an age where I have to step up.
- "I don't think there's a Manager that wants me as much as the Neil does. I feel the Club will move forward under him - I've come here because next year I want to play in the Premier League."
- Taarabt will wear squad number 7 for the 2010/11 season.
- QPR Player will be providing subscribers with an exclusive interview with Adel Taarabt in the coming days. QPR

- R's gaffer Neil Warnock has dubbed Adel Taarabt a 'unique talent' after the gifted attacker finally sealed a permanent switch to QPR from Tottenham Hotspur.
- Taarabt put pen-to-paper on a three-year deal in W12 on Thursday morning, after a deal was reached with Spurs for his services.
- And Warnock, who is delighted to have finally completed the capture of the 21 year-old, told www.qpr.co.uk: "He's a player with a unique talent that can win games and that's what we're hoping that he does.
- "I've told him that I think it's in his best interests at his age to play games.
"I think that he could pull the hair out of a few Managers' heads, and I'm sure I'll have my moments this year!

"But that's part of the challenge. You've got to focus more on his good points, than what he doesn't do."
- He added: "I've been after two or three strikers for a while now. I've been patient and have finally been rewarded.
- "Hopefully I can get my other target in the next week or so."

Posted on: Thu 05 Aug 2010
- Adel Taarabt joined Tottenham Hotspur on loan in January 2007, having come through the ranks with French outfit Lens.
He made his debut for Spurs at the age of 17, coming on as a second-half substitute against West Ham, in a tense game which ended 4-3 to Spurs.
Taarabt made an immediate impact, with his first touch leading to the 3-3 equaliser as a driving run was ended by a foul on the edge of the box. Dimitar Berbatov subsequently scored the resulting free kick.
The skillful playmaker also featured in the Premiership against Chelsea.
In the summer of 2007, Tottenham were suitably impressed to offer Taarabt a permanent deal, and soon after he opened his goalscoring account for the White Hart Lane outfit, finding the back of the net in their pre-season friendly against Stevenage Borough.
- Although he grew up in France and represented the country at U16, U17 and U18 level, Taarabt has opted to play for Morocco at international level, and made his debut for his country in a friendly against the Czech Republic in February 2009.
Since then, Taarabt has enjoyed two successful spells on loan at QPR prior to his permanent switch from Spurs.
The attacker made seven appearances at the end of the 2008/09 season, scoring once, before coming into his own last season, with 41 appearances and seven goals. QPR

Dave McIntyre Blog Leaving it late
davidmcintyre | August 4, 2010 http://wp.me/pFeRV-3Q
When I spoke to Neil Warnock last week he was fairly sure that Thursday would be the all-important day in his attempts to sign at least one striker before the season starts. Well, it seems he was right.
By Thursday afternoon, Rangers should have a clear idea where they stand and it is then that they will look to the loan market - something Warnock has never been overly keen to do - if attempts to tie up at least one permanent deal come to nothing.
A loan signing is a possibility in any case, but it will become a priority if a striker cannot be signed outright.
Warnock seemed happy to wait - until late on Friday if it comes to it - to sign a quality striker in time for the Barnsley game, as long as some progress is made on Thursday.
And of course there’s an additional attacking player being targeted in Adel Taarabt.
There’s been an almighty fuss about this guy, but Tottenham don’t want him and neither it seems does anyone else. Rangers have been in pole position to sign him all summer. Taarabt now accepts that and has been discussing personal terms.
His initial demands were apparently unrealistic, but so is almost every opening gambit when it comes to these things. After that, it’s time to get serious and talk properly, and as far as I know the real talks were going on late on Wednesday. It might even all be resolved then.
As for strikers, Warnock can afford to wait as he’s signed players in other areas, and in Taarabt has an expected signing who has already been at QPR so shouldn‘t need to settle in.
A sign of how dismally the club has fared was that, at the end of last season, despite having spent an astronomical amount and signed a ridiculous number of players, they were still looking for people in key positions. That tells its own story.
After spending so much and signing so many, to still be trying to improve the squad at that stage would have been bad enough. But Rangers were still trying to sort the team out.
Warnock has addressed that by bringing in a goalkeeper and signing players in both full-back positions, as well as getting a hugely experienced midfielder in Shaun Derry and extra forward options in Mackie and Clarke.
What happened at Rangers before his arrival is nothing to do with him. And he’s now in the relatively comfortable position of having improved the side with plenty of money left to get a quality striker or two.
But that doesn’t change the fact that after massive spending and a huge turnover of players since 2007, Rangers will be 48 hours away from their third season since the takeover still needing players not just to improve the squad, but to come straight into the team and play on Saturday. That’s inexcusable. David McIntyre

Reminder...Club's Position on Hooliganism

Queens Park Rangers Official Site August 5, 2009

Queens Park Rangers Football Club is known by other football fans to be a family Club.

We pride ourselves on being a family Club; yes, we are loud and proud as our true fans support our team with passion, but we do not welcome hooligans.

We have supporters whose attendance at Loftus Road goes back generations and those fans expect to be able to bring their children to our Stadium.

Foul, abusive, violent language and behaviour committed by a small number of people who attend the home areas is spoiling our real fans’ enjoyment and kids are now not always so keen on coming back.

Likewise we receive complaints from our fans about the behaviour of others who travel away from home. We need our real fans, not hooligans, to support our team away from home.

Entering the pitch during a game is equally not acceptable and leads to our Club being in jeopardy with the Football Association.

We condemn hooligan behaviour and entering the pitch, with those found to be committing such disgraceful acts facing a lengthy (or for specific offences lifetime) ban from attending our Stadium or purchasing tickets for away games.

QPR are determined to ensure that supporting our team continues to be a great experience and to remove from the Stadium those who do not share our goal of ensuring the Club remains suitable for young and old to attend.

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- Fulham Chronicle/Paul Warburton - UPDATE: Adel Taarabt move to QPR in doubt
QPR talks with Adel Taarabt hung in the balance today after the midfielder’s father advised his son to hold out for more money.
Chronicle sport understands talks initially broke down with Taarabt senior over the weekly wage for the 21-year-old Moroccan international – despite a four-year deal and ‘excellent terms’ according to a club insider that were left sitting on the table for an hour or two.
Taarabt was a huge hit among fans during his loan spell at Loftus Road last season scoring a contender for goal of the season.
And parent club Spurs were willing to let the player go for a cut-price £1million, but Rangers are still holding out hope they will get Taarabt in time to name him in the side to face Barnsley on Saturday Kilburn Times

Paul Warburton/Fulham Chronicle - Adel Taarabt's QPR move stalls
- ADEL Taarabt's move to QPR has stalled.
- The rubber stamp on bringing the Moroccan midfielder to Loftus Road on a £1millon deal hinges around the Spurs star’s signing-on fee.
- The 21-year-old who dazzled fans last season on loan wants the money up front – Rangers want to spread the payments over 12 months." Fulham Chronicle

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