QPR Henrique deal falls through

QPR deal to sign Henrique falls through after work permit problems

QPR have failed in their attempt to sign Brazilian striker Henrique after he was denied a work permit.

The Brazil Under-20 international looked set for a move to Loftus Road in the wake of Mark Hughes' appointment as the club's new manager.

Permit problems: QPR had agreed a deal to sign the Brazil Under-20 international

Permit problems: QPR had agreed a deal to sign the Brazil Under-20 international

Although QPR had reached agreement with Sao Paulo over a deal, it hinged on the 20-year-old being given the go-ahead to play in England.

A work permit hearing was held on Monday when it was determined Henrique did not satisfy the required criteria.

A QPR spokesman said: 'He didn't get a work permit for various reasons.'

Among those reasons were the fact the player still has limited experience in club football, and because he has not yet made his debut for the senior Brazil team.

Other option: Hughes is keen on Fulham striker Bobby Zamora

Other option: Hughes is keen on Fulham striker Bobby Zamora

Hughes will now have to turn his attentions elsewhere. He is keen on Fulham's Bobby Zamora but he is too expensive while they are unsure over Rangers' Nikica Jelavic.

Everton, however, could use some of the 5million raised by selling Diniyar Bilyaletdinov to Spartak Moscow to bid for Jelavic.