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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

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Lure of Mark Hughes attracts Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cissé to QPR
• Zamora rejoins manager he 'got on really well with at Fulham'
• 'I am finally here with him,' says long-term Hughes target Cissé

QPR have signed Bobby Zamora from Fulham, where he worked under Mark Hughes last season. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images
Bobby Zamora moved to Queens Park Rangers from Fulham inside the final hour of the transfer window in a deal worth up to £7m, with the club also securing Djibril Cissé from Lazio for £4m.

QPR were the only club interested in buying Zamora, who worked under Mark Hughes at Craven Cottage when the latter was manager during the 2010‑11 season. An initial fee of £6m could rise when add‑ons based on appearances, goals and the club's finishing position this season are factored in.

The deal dragged on late into the night while the 31-year-old discussed personal terms. Sources at Fulham stated that Zamora had wanted to double his £45,000 weekly wage before he would agree to move.

However, it is thought Zamora finally settled for a wage of around £50,000, and signed a two‑and‑a‑half‑year deal. The striker has scored seven goals in 30 appearances this season for Fulham, although there have been rumours of a breakdown in relations with the manager, Martin Jol. He will wear the No52 shirt at QPR but is not eligible to feature against Aston Villa on Wednesday night.

"QPR are certainly a club that are looking to go forward," Zamora said. "That's something that I'm looking forward to being a part of. I got on really well with the manager at Fulham. We all grew to like Mark. I think that will be the case here. He's looking to take the club forward.

"I think this was the right time for me to have a fresh challenge. I had some great experiences at Fulham. Going to a European final is special. But this is a new challenge for myself and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it.

"The ambition of the club was certainly a drawing factor as well. I've been lucky enough to speak to Tony [Fernandes, the owner], and Phil [Beard, the chief executive] relayed a lot of messages about where this club want to go. For me, it was quite an easy decision to be a part of this. The sky's the limit. We're looking to go forward and to grow and I want to be a part of that."

Hughes said: "Bobby is a guy that makes things happen on the pitch, be it scoring goals or creating chances for others. He's a great foil for any team. We needed a player of his ilk at the club and I couldn't be more delighted.

"He was the difference for us at Fulham last season. He came back from injury and he made such an impact in the second half of the campaign. He's got great power and pace and his technical ability is top class. He's got an excellent left foot."

With QPR just two points above the relegation zone having scored 22 league goals – more only than Wigan – Hughes further bolstered his attacking options with the recruitment of Cissé to partner Zamora.

"When I talked to the manager, he spoke highly of the club and where he wants to take it over the next few years," said Cissé. "He wanted to sign me at Manchester City and now I am finally here with him at QPR. He wants to achieve big things here – that was all I needed to hear from him."

The 30-year-old joined on a two-and-a-half‑year contract and he could feature at Aston Villa on Wednesday evening, with Hughes saying of him: "I rate Djibril very, very highly. I've watched him for many years and always been impressed by what he brings to the table. He's a huge threat to opposition's defences. He's got great pace, power and movement and that's something we will hopefully benefit from.

"His goal record is there for everyone to see. He's scored goals wherever he's played. His record speaks for itself. He was desperate to come here once we showed our interest in him and we can't wait to get the best out of him."

Cissé has scored 161 goals in 282 league appearances, the Frenchman scoring in the top flights of England, France, Italy and Greece. Guardian

With almost all the focus (naturally) on the signings, not to forget the departures, who in the case of Rowlands, Orr and Connolly played their part in putting us where we are today:

QPR Official Site

Posted on: Tue 31 Jan 2012

Long-serving midfielder Martin Rowlands has left the Club by mutual consent with immediate effect.

Rowlands, 32, was brought to Loftus Road by then-QPR boss Ian Holloway back in July 2003 from Brentford.

The former Rangers skipper went on to make over 200 appearances in all competitions for the R's during an eight-and-a-half year stay, scoring 37 goals.

The Club would like to thank Martin for his huge contribution to the Club during his time here and wish him every success for the future. QPR

QPR Official Site
Posted on: Tue 31 Jan 2012

R's defender Matt Connolly has joined npower Championship outfit Reading on loan until the end of the campaign.
The versatile 24 year-old, who originally moved to Loftus Road from Arsenal back in January 2008, has made 125 appearances for the R's, scoring twice.

Connolly will remain at the Madejski Stadium until the end of the season. QPR

Posted on: Tue 31 Jan 2012

Bradley Orr has joined Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee.

The 29 year-old has penned a two-and-a-half year deal at Ewood Park.

Orr joined QPR from Bristol City in July 2010 and was a regular in our Championship-winning squad last season.

This season, he featured in eight league and cup fixtures, including making two starts in the Premier League.

The Club wishes Bradley all the best for the future. QPR

QPR Official Site - PVM DEPARTS
Posted on: Tue 31 Jan 2012

Petter Vaagan Moen has left QPR by mutual consent with immediate effect.

The Norwegian midfielder, who joined the R's in January 2011 following the expiration of his deal at SK Brann, made just two starts and six substitute appearances for the Club.

The Club would like to wish Petter all the best for the future. QPR

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