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Thursday, January 26, 2012

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Posted on: Thu 26 Jan 2012

Queens Park Rangers Football Club is delighted to confirm the signing of versatile defender Nedum Onuoha.

The 25 year-old has penned a four-and-a-half year deal, after Rangers agreed an undisclosed fee with Manchester City for his services.

Onuoha - who has made 21 starts for England Under-21's - becomes Mark Hughes's second signing as QPR boss, following the recent addition of Taye Taiwo from AC Milan.

Hughes - who worked with Onuoha in his spell as City Manager - told www.qpr.co.uk: "Nedum is a player I know very well.
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"He did very well for me at Manchester City and played a number of games, probably more than under any other Manager.

"He is very versatile. He can play centre back or right back, and has good pace. He is a very good addition to the squad."

Hughes added: "It's important that we are able to attract good players here.

"Nedum had other options but his experience with myself and the other guys here was a big factor in why he has come to us. I am pleased about that."

Onuoha has clocked up 148 professional appearances to date, scoring six goals, including a memorable goal of the season contender against Chelsea whilst on loan at Sunderland last season.

He said: "This was the right time for me to join a Club like QPR.

"The Manager obviously played a massive factor in my decision to come here. I've worked with him before and he always wants players around him who are open and honest.

"He wouldn't have come here if he didn't believe that there was a squad of players here that can achieve the goals he has.

"The ambition of the owners was really appealing.

"This is my Club now and I'll give everything to help us succeed."

Onuoha could be in line to make his QPR debut in our FA Cup fourth round tie against Chelsea on Saturday.'


Posted on: Thu 26 Jan 2012

Mark Hughes says that new signing Nedum Onuoha's versatility played a big part in bringing the defender to Loftus Road.

The 25 year-old put pen-to-paper on a four-and-a-half year deal from Manchester City this morning (Thursday), after QPR agreed an undisclosed fee with the Barclays Premier League leaders for his services.

Hughes knows the Nigerian-born ace only too well, having managed Onuoha during his reign as City boss.

And, speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk, the now-R's gaffer said: "Nedum is a player I know well.

"He did very well for me at Man City and played a number of games, probably more than under any other Manager.

"He is very versatile. He can play centre-back or right-back, and has good pace. He is a very good addition to the squad.

"I think he is more than competent in both positions. As a centre-back, he is strong and quick, and he can attack the ball. In the full-back position, he can get forward and use his pace in wider areas, so he's a great player for us to have. He offers versatility, which I like."

Hughes also added that Onuoha has an eye for the spectacular, but insists he brought the stopper to W12 for his ability to defend, first and foremost.

"On occasions he will shock you and go on a mazy and score - like he did for Sunderland against Chelsea (last season)," he continued.

"But first and foremost he is here for his defensive capabilities.

"It's important that we are able to attract good players. Nedum had other options but his experience with myself and the other guys here was a big factor in why he has come to us. I am pleased about that."

The Rangers boss also said that the prospect of First Team football was another key factor in bringing the defender to QPR.

"He is a young man who needs to get back on track and start playing games," said Hughes.

"We will reap the benefits of that because he is a determined individual who wants to be a fixture in the side if he can.

"Both he and Taye (Taiwo) are similar in that they have come here because they want to play regular football. And I think that's important.

"When you bring players into the squad you want them to be hungry and ready to make an impact.

"Both these players are good guys who are desperate to do well."

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Posted on: Thu 26 Jan 2012

A graduate of the Manchester City Academy, Nedum Onuoha signed his first professional contract with the Blues in November 2004.

Then 18, the teenager signed a pro-deal just weeks after making his full debut in the 2-1 Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Arsenal.

Onuoha made his first start in the top-flight in the win over Portsmouth in November of that year playing at right-back in place of the suspended Danny Mills.

He earned an international call up to the England Under-20s for their friendly against Russia at the Valley and scored in the opening five minutes of the game.
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Onuoha was called into England Under-21 squad in the 2005/06 season and made his debut as a substitute against Poland.

Thereafter, he was a regular fixture in City's First Team squad and at Under-21 level for England.

Thigh and knee injuries restricted the defender's availability at the start of Mark Hughes' reign in 2008/09, but after regaining full fitness he established himself as first choice clocking up 20 Premier League starts.

His reward for an excellent season was a new, five-year contract, signed in July 2009. However, despite signing that new deal, Onuoha's opportunities were restricted upon Roberto Mancini's arrival in Manchester, with the defender starting just seven matches in the 2009/10 season.

With appearances few and far between, Onuoha was sent out on loan to Sunderland last season and made 32 appearances in all competitions, scoring arguably one of the goals of the season against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, in a 3-0 victory for the Mackems.

Onuoha returned to the Etihad Stadium this term, but again found opportunities limited, making just two Carling Cup appearances and one substitute's appearance in the Premier League.

Telegraph/Jason Burt

QPR Anton Ferdinand asks owner Tony Fernandes for advice over handshake with Chelsea's John Terry

Anton Ferdinand will consult Queens Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes on Thursday before deciding whether to shake hands with John Terry before Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Chelsea.

Ferdinand is acutely aware of the potentially incendiary nature of the FA Cup fourth-round tie and the clubs issued a joint statement on Wednesday warning fans they will take action against anyone using discriminatory language. It will be the first time the clubs have met since Terry was charged with racially abusing Ferdinand during October’s Premier League derby.

The QPR defender is in a quandary as to what to do on Saturday. He does not want to inflame the situation, but neither does he feel he can easily shake Terry’s hand given the nature of the allegations even if the Chelsea captain vehemently denies wrongdoing.

Ferdinand has not made up his mind and there is no pressure, despite suggestions otherwise, from QPR for him to be reconciled with Terry during the now traditional pre-match handshake between two teams in FA Cup and league matches.

Fernandes’ opinion could be key but the Malaysian entrepreneur is unlikely to put any pressure on the defender either way although he will want to try to ensure that the match takes place without incident. It may, therefore, be deemed that a handshake could be the best solution.

In the statement QPR and Chelsea said: “Discrimination has no place in football or society.” They added: “Both clubs enjoy fantastic support. However we would remind fans that, while we want to hear their passion, hatred and abuse is not what being a fan of QPR or Chelsea is about.

“The clubs will work together with the police to ensure that anyone using discriminatory or inflammatory language is identified and that the strongest possible action is taken against them.”
Ferdinand should have a new central defensive partner for the tie after QPR on Wednesday agreed a £3 million fee for Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha, who is set to become manager Mark Hughes’s second signing following the arrival on loan of the AC Milan left-back Taye Taiwo.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Terry will not appear in court in person next week for the preliminary hearing of his case after being charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following the allegations that he directed a racist comment at Ferdinand. It is understood that Terry’s legal team will enter a not guilty plea on his behalf at the hearing, the case will be heard by a magistrate and not a jury, and it will then be adjourned for several weeks.

Nine men have been arrested by police investigating suspected racist chanting by Charlton Athletic fans. Police received reports of supporters singing racist songs on a train following the FA Cup tie against Fulham on Jan 7. Telegraph

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