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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”.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.