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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Waiting for the official transfer announcement(s) re Routledge to QPR

Jacob Murtagh/Fulham Chronicle - QPR set to sign West Brom striker
- QPR will wrap up the loan signing of West Brom striker Ishmael Miller in the next 24 hours.
- Boss Neil Warnock has been desperate to bolster his frontline after long-term injuries to Jamie Mackie and Patrick Agyemang in the past month.
- And with Aston Villa forward John Carew in talks about a move to the Hawthorns, manager Roberto Di Matteo is willing to let Miller, who has made just seven appearances this term, make the switch to Loftus Road until the end of the season.
Fulham Chronicle

Jacob Murtagh/Fulham Chronicle - Wayne Routledge answers Fitz Hall's QPR call
- WAYNE Routledge will train with QPR this afternoon after completing a loan switch from Newcastle United.
- The winger has answered the call from pal Fitz Hall to return to Loftus Road – just a year since leaving the club for St James' Park.
- Hall tweeted the 26-year-old last night in a bid to persuade his old roommate, who he played with at Crystal Palace, Rangers and Newcastle, to join the hoops' promotion charge.
- Routledge is surplus to requirements in the North East, and is not thought to be part of new boss Alan Pardew's long-term plans.
Fulham Chronicle

- Year Flashback: Routledge Joins Newcastle and Speaks re Move and QPR

- Two Year Flashback: Routledge Joins QPR

- Reports on Spurs 9-2 defeat of QPR Reserves and McCarthy close-to-QPR stories

- DAVID BECKHAM'S first appearance in a Spurs shirt was blocked by LA Galaxy yesterday.
- The England star was hoping to start for Tottenham's reserves in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR.
- But he was refused permission to play by his Galaxy bosses, who were worried about the star's security at the Spurs Lodge training ground in Essex.
- So Becks, 35, was forced to watch from the sidelines as Tottenham won 9-2.
- Playing in that game was WEST HAM'S South African striker Benni McCarthy, 33, who is having a trial with Rangers. The Sun

- Deadline Tomorrow: Nominate Mitre Goal of the season (can see the selection videos)

- Fourteen Years Ago Today: The Comeback against Port Vale

- Dennis Signy Health Update

- Cantona Returns to Football: Director of Football, New York Cosmos

- David Conn/The Guardian on Agents

- QPR Finances: Two Upcoming Dates - Amulya Loan Matter and A £2,000,000 interest free loan owing to Mr. A Caliendo is repayable on 28 February 2011."

Posted on: Wed 12 Jan 2011
- The news on Dennis Signy is tha- The is steadily improving and that he is off any support mechanism.
- His family and the medical staff are pleased with his progress and a further treatment plan is in the process of being put together as he recovers his strength.
- In addition to close family visiting, Dennis has been visited in hospital by the Chairman, Tony Kleanthous and also by club official Dave Wilding.
He was most pleased, like all Barnet fans, with the win at Bradford on Saturday.
- David Bloomfield - Barnet Official Site
- Earlier Signy Updates

- Flashback: QPR's Bobby Keetch

- What John Gregory Drove as QPR Manager?

- Ex-QPR Leroy Griffiths now at Staines FC

- Out-on-loan Mikele Leigertwood Makes Championship Team of the Week

- The Managerial Chaos at West Ham: No O'Neil!

- "Nominate your QPR Goal of 2010" - Competition/Shortlist Finally announced by the Club (Deadline January 20)

- QPR Form Stats


MIRROR - QPR keen to re-sign Newcastle winger
- Promotion hopefuls QPR are to sign Wayne Routledge for the second time – on a £21,000-a-week loan deal.
- Boss Neil Warnock is desperate to increase the Hoops’ firepower to ensure promotion to the top flight.
- Routledge has been on the edge of the Newcastle side this season and is keen for another taste of first-team football. http://www.mirrorfootball.co.uk/news/Transfer-news-QPR-keen-to-re-sign-Newcastle-winger-Wayne-Routledge-article675859.html#ixzz1BNB1R0sY

Mail - Warnock wants Diamoutene to boost QPR's defensive options
- QPR boss Neil Warnock is stepping up his interest in Lecce’s central defender Souleymane Diamoutene.
- The 27-year-old Mali international has only made two starts for the Serie A outfit this term.
- And Warnock wants the big defender on loan to boost Rangers promotion hopes.
- He said: ‘We are hopeful of getting two or three over the line this week.’
Daily Mail

David McIntyre Blog - Shittu isn’t a no-risk signing
- Question marks over a player’s fitness haven’t stopped Rangers getting their man in the past, so they’re hardly likely to think twice now the man in question is Dan Shittu.

Ever keen to make messageboard-pleasing signings – Lee Cook being the prime example - Rangers have made previous attempts to get Shittu back, and now everything is in place for them to make it happen.

With plenty of experience in the Championship and higher, and having already been at QPR, on the face of it Shittu is a good short-term option to have as cover for the likes of Gorkss and Connolly.

The potential problem is that he has had hamstring trouble for some time, and hasn’t looked match fit for quite a while.

Shittu’s return might have some people misty-eyed, but given what’s at stake it’s important that any signing at this stage is able to go into the side if needed and do a good job. Other options out there are possibly better, and are certainly cheaper.

And his fitness isn’t the only concern, based on some of his performances over the last 18 months.

To put it brutally, if Shittu were a boxer I think there’d be a case for saying he’s ‘shot’. In that sense he has a point to prove, which is never a bad thing.

How much he has left might be the difference between him being a points-winner or a points-loser if called upon in some crucial matches between now and the end of the season.

So while this signing may now be popular, time will tell whether it’s a shrewd one.

If he can recapture his best form, Shittu – as every QPR fan knows – is hugely imposing in both penalty boxes and plays with his heart on his sleeve.

His appearance will also add to the feel-good factor, and that’s important at a time when Rangers need Loftus Road to be a happy rather than nervous place.

And while he may not have been at his best or fittest during four months at Millwall, he did enough for them to do everything they could to keep him beyond when his contract there expires this Friday.

The offer they made him was, for Millwall, a substantial one, but easily blown out of the water by QPR.

Shittu joined Millwall when they were struggling, and even though he was not fully match fit he improved their defence and steadied the ship prior to the excellent run they’re now having.

To get such a significant offer from a well run club with a manager who usually only has time for younger, up-and-coming players, is a big compliment.

But Millwall and QPR are very different clubs in very different situations. They also play a completely different way.

Teams have had some success against Rangers recently by looking to exploit the space behind their midfield. If that’s a regular theme during the second half of the season, the sharpness of the two centre-backs will be tested – especially if Shaun Derry misses games.

So, Shittu is a risk for Rangers. That hamstring trouble and general lack of sharpness could be a problem.

But the bottom line is that, financially, they can afford to take a chance with a player like that – as they have with Rob Hulse and others - in a way that most clubs simply can’t or won’t. David McIntyre Blog

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The Championship League Table a Year Ago
QPR of course, currently have 49 points from 26 games. (A year ago, they had 40 points from 26 games)

Newcastle 24 51 25 39
Nottm Forest 26 49 19 39
West Brom 24 45 24 49
Swansea 25 40 3 22
Cardiff 25 39 15 44
Sheff Utd 25 38 3 36
Leicester 24 38 3 29
Crystal Palace 25 37 2 29
Blackpool 24 36 10 38
Bristol City 25 35
QPR 25 34 2 40 2-2

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