Transfer Weekly (#10/11)

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Kazenga Lua Lua-

Rangers have secured the signing of Kazenga Lua Lua on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion. A player returning to W12 for a second loan spell which will last until January 2018.

Previously, Kazenga was unlucky with injury, however, he did manage to make 11 appearances last season, scoring once. In his time last season he looked strong and sharp, and the player has said he had a “very good pre-season” and is raring to go and hopefully stay injury free this time.

Upon signing Kazenga told the club’s media department that he “knows the boys and the manager, so this was a very easy decision for me… My pre-season went well, but it’s about playing games…I am happy to be here and hopefully I can help the team”.

Alex Baptiste-

The R’s have completed the signing of experienced defender Alex Baptiste. The 31-year-old has agreed a two-year deal following his release from fellow Championship side Middlesbrough.

After going their separate ways, Baptiste’s move will see him link up again with Ian Holloway, as the pair worked together at Blackpool, winning promotion to the Premier League in the 2009/10 season.

Holloway has praised Alex’s versatility, saying that he can play anywhere across the defence. He has also said that Alex is “one of the biggest characters I’ve worked with in my time in the game.”

Upon arriving, Alex has said that working with Holloway at Blackpool was the “best time of my career, we had an unbelievable team spirit… I am an honest lad who gives 100 per cent, I will give it my all, I will leave it all on the pitch.”

Idrissa Sylla-

It is being reported that QPR striker Idrissa Sylla could be on the move, with Swansea City and Wolverhampton Wonderers rumoured to be interested.

He last appeared in the Carabao Cup clash with Northampton Town, in which a head injury forced the player off and meant he missed the trips to Sheffield and more recently Norwich. However, even when fit Conor Washington, Jamie Mackie and Matt Smith look to be ahead of the Guinean in the pecking order.

QPR’s top goalscorer last year with 10 in 32 league appearances may well be on his way with the Rangers hierarchy looking to increase funds to reinvest into the squad.

John Akinde-

Some outlets are linking Barnet front man John Akinde with a move to Rangers. The Nigerian has been described by Bees fans as a goal machine after netting 26 goals in 46 games in League Two for Barnet last season, bettering his total of 23 goals from the previous season 2015/16.

Akinde last played in the Championship with Bristol City six years ago, after numerous loan spells away and a short period at Portsmouth, he ended up in Alfreton Town, where he netted 18 goals in 43 appearances.

This form led to Barnet taking the player on in 2014. Since then he has scored 80 times in 131 league games for the Bees. Now QPR are reportedly thinking of giving Akinde a chance to test himself in the Championship once again.

A prolific goalscorer at 28 years of age, in the peak of his career, perhaps a gamble on a player with unfinished business in the Championship would be a good move. Akinde is a player that would bring some much needed pace and strength to the attack. Although, the Rs will face competition if they pursue a move for the Nigerian, as league one club Charlton are also rumoured to be interested.

Paul Smyth-

It has been reported that QPR have made a second bid for 19-year-old Linfield winger Paul Smyth.

Smyth has represented Northern Ireland at youth levels, playing for both the U19s and U21s. He was also called up by Michael O’Neill to Northern Ireland’s senior squad for Euro 2016. As well as helping Linfield win the Northern Irish Premiership title, netting 6 times in 25 appearances last season.

Smyth is under contract at Windsor Park until the summer of 2019. If QPR have submitted a second bid as reported, they may face competition with fellow Championship side Reading, who are also rumoured to be interested.

 Nedum Onuoha-

It has been reported that QPR’s club captain Nedum Onouha is attracting attention from Premier League sides, after keeping a clean sheet in both of his opening two games of the season.

Nedum is being linked with moves to newly promoted Brighton, while also being linked with a reunion with Mark Hughes at Stoke City. Nedum was a regular starter with City when Hughes was at the helm, and it was the Welshman who brought Nedum to W12 in 2012.

Although, with the defensive line looking slightly slim and in areas inexperienced, the question is whether Holloway is ready to allow the club captain to leave with just a couple of weeks left in the transfer window.

Gohi Cyriac-

It was reported that QPR and Bristol City were both interested in a move to sign former Fulham loanee Gohi Cyriac.

It was thought that Fulham had expressed also expressed an interest in signing the Ivorian striker permanently. All of Cyriac’s 11 appearances for Fulham came from the substitutes bench for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.

However, a few days ago the speculation had come to nothing as Rangers missed out on another target. Cyriac signed for Sivasspor in the Süper Lig, for just over half a million pounds.

Omar Bogle-

QPR have again been linked with Bogle recently. Just last week Skybet had the R’s down as  2/1 favourites to land the player. Bogle was recently featured in an earlier edition of transfer weekly.

However, after being heavily linked to the R’s it looks as though table topping Cardiff City are on the brink of signing Wigan striker Omar Bogle for roughly £1 million. This coming after City boss Neil Warnock alluded to a mystery signing after his side beat Sheffield United 2-0 on Tuesday night.

Bogle adding to the likes of Yiadom and Cyriac as targets that have opted for other clubs.

Transfer Weekly (#7/8)

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Ryan Manning-

After his solid breakthrough season last term, Rs youngster Ryan Manning has extended his deal two-year deal at Loftus Road by one year, extending his stay until the summer of 2020.

His performances last year did not go unnoticed. Not long after the season had ended it was rumoured that Crystal Palace and Bournemouth were interested in Manning, although, his extension and comments about wanting to get to the Premier League with QPR suggest that he will be staying loyal to the club.

Elliott Bennett-

It is reported that Blackburn Rovers midfielder Bennett is one of Ian Holloway’s top targets. The 28-year-old was one of the standout performances in last year’s relegation season, making 30 appearances and scoring on 4 occasions.

Bennett is now entering the last year of his contract, given his experience and ability to cover a number of positions Holloway is reportedly ready to put the pressure on Blackburn and test whether they want to keep their man but let him walk for free next year or cash in on him whilst they have the chance.

Benjamin Kololli-

QPR scouts watched the Kosovan international recently as Brentford took on Swiss side Lausanne-Sport. The 25-year-old is a natural right-back but can also play in midfield. Kololli impressively netted 8 goals in 24 league starts last season in a struggling team that finished 9th out of 10 teams.

Whilst it is understood that £750,000 could be enough to secure his signature the Rs would face competition from Swiss giants Basel, who are also reportedly interested.

Alex Smithies-

After Sunderland sold Vito Mannone to Reading there has been increased speculation that Rs number 1 Alex Smithies could be on his way up north to Wearside.

Yeni Ngbakoto-

It is reported that the Rs wide man could be made available for the right price after interest coming from France in the shape of Toulouse. The 25-year-old arrived in W12 last summer from Metz, signing a three-year contract. Although it is thought that Yeni had difficulty in settling in West London following a family bereavement and long-term injury.

Last summer Yeni choose QPR despite interest from Toulouse and a number of other Ligue 1 clubs. Therefore, it is thought that at the right price, Rangers would be willing to let Yeni return to France.

Idrissa Sylla-

After being left out of the #RsinGermany tour, there have been question marks over the future of last season’s top goalscorer. It has been reported that Reading are after the Rangers striker who manage to find the net 10 times last season. Reading’s top goalscorer of last season Yann Kermorgant will be out of action for the first few months after having surgery.

Therefore, Jaap Stam has reportedly identified Sylla as the man capable of temporarily filling the void. However, the Rs remain adamant that Sylla has not travel due to work permit issues. Whilst the jury is still out on Sylla, with some questioning his relaxed work rate and style of play, selling your top goalscorer to a Championship rival I feel would not go down well, even with those who question the player.

Considering the current crop of strikers at the club, if we are looking to do well we cannot sell the only striker we have who has a knack of getting into the right positions and hitting the target.

 

Steven Caulker-

Caulker is reportedly a target for Brendan Rodger’s Celtic, with the Scottish club reportedly ready to give him a chance to reignite his career. In a recent interview Caulker revealed how he has been battling depression, gambling and drinking problems.

Caulker arrived at QPR after playing his best football at Cardiff. Following their relegation he came in and the Rs fans had high hopes and were very excited by the signing. Although, despite making a number of appearances for the Rs in the Premier League, Caulker was loaned first to Southampton and later to Premier League giants Liverpool. He returned to QPR last summer, but picked up a hip injury last October. In January a loan move to Russia looked to be on the table but Steven recently admitted that given what he was going through going to Russia all on his own did not look like the best idea.

Therefore, former Swansea manager Rodgers knows Caulker well and is reportedly helping him battle his demons and although states that Caulker is a QPR player and is only helping him off the field, you cannot help but think Rodgers would be tempted by a cut-price deal for the 25-year-old.