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Friday, September 02, 2011

QPR Report Friday: Snippets & Flashbacks: Tomorrow is "Non-League Day"

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Clubs have to send in their 25 man Squads today. It will be interesting to see exactly which QPR players are not included. (Most are self-evident.)

- NON LEAGUE DAY TOMORROW - Reminder: September 3rd is "Non-League Day" (an idea originated by a QPR Fan)

- Puncheon Had Been Set to Join Leeds before Switching to QPR

- Freshly-signed Leon Clarke being Loaned out by Swindon/De Canio

- At Nottingham Forest: Talk of Steve McClaren Quitting!

- What's Happening at Stoke and How They're Doing It

- QPR Average Attendances for Past Few Years

- Year Flashback: Derby Reactions to Sale of Rob Hulse to QPR

- Two Year Flashback: QPR and Scunthorpe in Disagreement over Gary Hooper Transfer Bid

- Four Year Flashback: Briatore Comments & Reactions after Takeover of QPR

- Five Year Flashback: Graham Mackrell Hired as QPR CEO...and then Soon After Axed

- QPR "On This Day" Games

Talksport - Exclusive – Derry: We have to make sure we integrate with our new signings

By Anton Stanley
Thursday, September 1

QPR midfielder Shaun Derry has told talkSPORT that he and his teammates will be doing everything they can to ensure the club’s new signings integrate into the team easily.

The 33-year-old Loftus Road star welcomes Joey Barton, Shaun Wright-phillips and Anton Ferdinand amongst other to the team.
And he believes it’s important that they work hard off the pitch to gel on it.

He told Kick Off: “I think it’s key that we all spend some time together, quality time as well. When you’re going into training everyday you do sit next to the same people, you talk to the same people and you socialise with the same people day in, day out.
“What we’ve got to do is get away from the working environment and spend some quality time together, whether that be a meal or a game of golf or whatever.

“We make sure that does happen, not as regularly as it perhaps did five, six or seven years ago and it think sometimes you do need to spend that time together away from the football.

“We’ve found that especially within the last few years playing with foreign boys more that you’ve got to integrate them into what they want. You can’t go and sit in a boozer all day long and put the jukebox on.” CLICK TO LISTEN - Talksport

Dave McIntyre/West London Sport - Wright-Phillips and Ferdinand sign for QPR

QPR have sealed the capture of England winger Shaun Wright-Phillips from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee and have signed Anton Ferdinand from Sunderland for £1.25m.

Rangers believe they also completed the signing of forward Jason Puncheon from Southampton before the 11pm transfer deadline.

Wright-Phillips, 29, has signed a three-year contract at Loftus Road, where he will be reunited with his former City team-mate Joey Barton.

The former Chelsea man returns to west London after falling out of favour at Eastlands, where he established himself as a fans’ favourite during two spells with the club.

Ferdinand, the 26-year-old brother of England star Rio, has also agreed a three-year deal.

The defender was surplus to requirements at Sunderland, where his contract was due to expire at the end of the season.

Born in Peckham, he returns to the capital after three years with the Black Cats, who signed him from West Ham for around £8m.

It was a busy deadline day for Neil Warnock

Puncheon, 25, was out of favour at Southampton and had not featured in any of their matches this season.

He has Premier League experience, having spent the second half of last term on loan at Blackpool.

While with MK Dons, Puncheon was a target for the then QPR manager Ian Holloway, who has since signed him for both Plymouth and Blackpool.

Ferdinand and Puncheon dashed to complete their moves after their new club had spent deadline day hoping to make at least three signings.

As has been the case for the last three seasons, Rangers’ transfer hopes largely depended on which of Tottenham’s fringe players were made available.

And when Spurs boss Harry Redknapp made a move to sign centre-back Gary Cahill from Bolton, QPR believed they would get Cameroon international Sebastien Bassong on loan until January with a view to a permanent move.

But they were left disappointed when Tottenham were unable to close a deal for Cahill and subsequently told Rangers they were not prepared to let Bassong go.

The R’s were also unable to strike a deal with Redknapp for Peter Crouch, who signed for Stoke after his proposed return to his former club stalled.

They began the day on course to re-sign the England striker as they were closer to an agreement than Sunderland, who were also interested, while Stoke had declared themselves out of the race to sign him.

That left QPR in a strong position to cut a deal with Spurs – until Stoke made a fresh approach and had an offer accepted.

Neil Warnock, who spoke to Craig Bellamy’s agent before the Wales striker secured a return to Liverpool, was keen to recruit at least one centre-back and had the option of signing Ferdinand, as a deal to buy him was put in place well before the deadline.

The Hoops boss waited to discover if Bassong would be available and whether Birmingham would part with Liam Ridgewell in light of Scott Dann’s departure from the Midlands club, who made an approach for Ben Turner.

When Turner left Coventry for Cardiff rather than Birmingham, it was clear that Ridgewell, who handed in a transfer request earlier this week in an attempt to force a move, was out of Warnock’s reach.

Warnock also knew he had the option of signing Puncheon, who agreed terms some time ago and on Wednesday evening received the call to head to W12 and put pen to paper.

There were also outgoings, with Peter Ramage rejoining Crystal Palace on loan until January, and teenage striker Antonio German leaving the club after having his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Rangers have also signed 17-year-old Italian goalkeeper Tommaso Trani, who was formerly on AC Milan’s books. West London Sport

(A contrast to Four Years Ago: Leigertwood Joins...Six Years Ago: Langley & Lomas Signed on Deadline Day)

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