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Loic Remy to join QPR after Newcastle deal is hijacked

Toon blow as QPR hijack 8m Remy switch with M'Vila also set to join Redknapp revolution

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

19:43 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:43 GMT, 14 January 2013

Queens Park Rangers are confident they have hijacked Loic Remy's move to England after they were given permission to speak to the Marseille striker by the French club on Monday night.

Newcastle had agreed to meet Marseille's 8million valuation of the France international and he travelled to Tyneside on Sunday for talks with Alan Pardew and director Derek Llambias.

Hijack: QPR are poised to sign Remy from Marseille

Hijack: QPR are poised to sign Remy from Marseille

Remy had refused to talk to QPR last
week but after the Barclays Premier League' s bottom club matched
Marseille's offer, they were given official permission to negotiate a
deal.

It is understood Rangers have
offered more than 70,000-a-week to the 26-year-old former Lyon and Nice
striker who was Newcastle's No 1 target following Demba Ba's move to
Chelsea.

Yann M'Vila is also set to join Remy at Loftus Road. Harry Redknapp flew to France after Saturday’s goalless draw against Tottenhan to look at the Rennes star, with a deal close to completion.

Former Newcastle and QPR midfielder Joey Barton revealed Remy had had a change of heart.

He tweeted: 'Just heard from a
magician that Loic Remy has signed for QPR. Not sure what happened at
Newcastle Llambias again'

Harry Redknapp in talks with Liverpool over taking Joe Cole on loan to QPR

Redknapp in talks over taking Cole on loan with a view to buy… if QPR stay up

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 30 December 2012

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp is closing in on a reunion with Joe Cole.

Sportsmail revealed the Loftus Road club’s interest in Cole on November 30 and Rangers have now opened talks with Liverpool — who beat them 3-0 — over a January switch for the midfielder, 31, who was given his professional debut by Redknapp at West Ham in 1998.

London-bound: Joe Cole has started talks with QPR about a loan move in January

London-bound: Joe Cole has started talks with QPR about a loan move in January

Redknapp is hoping to seal a loan deal ahead of a permanent move if Rangers avoid relegation.

But if Cole and Liverpool agree a severance package for the 18 months left on his 90,000-per-week deal, he could join permanently next month.

Fresh faced: Harry Redknapp and Cole in 1999

Fresh faced: Harry Redknapp and Cole in 1999

QPR 2 Fulham 1 match report: Rangers off the bottom as magic Adel Taarabt conjures first league win

QPR 2 Fulham 1: Taarabt revives Rangers as they record first league win

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UPDATED:

00:22 GMT, 16 December 2012

The worst start in Premier League history is over. And in the directors' box at Loftus Road, Rangers owner Tony Fernandes punched the air and wore a grin like a child on Christmas morning. Relief flooded the stadium.

At the 17th attempt this season, Rangers recorded their first win, thanks to the sorcery of Adel Taarabt in a spirited performance that reflected the work of Harry Redknapp.

Adel Taarabt of Queens Park Rangers is closed down by Chris Baird

Adel Taarabt of Queens Park Rangers is closed down by Chris Baird

Match facts

The latest Premier League table, fistures and results

QPR: Green, Traore, Hill, Nelsen, Onuoha, Faurlin, Mbia, Wright-Phillips (Da Silva 85), Taarabt, Cisse (Ferdinand 90), Mackie. Subs Not Used: Julio Cesar, Diakite, Derry, Granero, Hoilett.

Booked: Taarabt.

Goals: Taarabt 52, 68.

Fulham: Schwarzer,Riether (Kelly 46), Hangeland, Hughes, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Richardson (Petric 63), Berbatov, Rodallega (Dejagah 72). Subs Not Used: Etheridge, Senderos, Karagounis, Kacaniklic.

Booked: Sidwell, Dejagah.

Goals: Petric 88.

Att: 18,233

Ref: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

For the first time, Rangers have
vacated the bottom rung of the table. For the first time in a season
that cost Mark Hughes his job after spending tens of millions of
Fernandes' fortune, there is hope rather than despair in the air in
Shepherd's Bush.

Fernandes runs a successful airline
and he has not invested heavily in Queen's Park Rangers to see them
timidly vanish from the Premier League.

'That is the best Christmas present
ever,' said Fernandes last night. 'It is looking good – we're undefeated
under Harry. I feel like I have won the championship.'

Redknapp's brief on his appointment could not have been more simple, or more difficult.

From this morning, he has 21 games
left to keep Rangers in the top echelon of English football, and that is
a mission he can approach with slightly more optimism now.

'It's going to be tough, we're not kidding ourselves,' admitted Redknapp.

'But we have taken six points from four games; and if you get six points from every four games you can stay in the league.'

Last night the Rangers dressing room
was the happiest it had been since relegation was avoided on the final
day of last season and the difference was created by a tactical
masterstroke.

Taarabt was given the freedom to play in the space behind striker Djibril Cisse.

'Every time we got him on the ball, Fulham were in trouble,' said the Rangers manager.

Redknapp is no stranger to the Moroccan's talent.

He had managed him at Tottenham but,
at a club brimming with high-class players, Redknapp opted to sell
Taraabt, a teenager with maverick tendencies, to QPR for 1million.

He appreciates that piece of business now.

'He has fantastic ability; he was amazing today,' said Redknapp.

All smiles: Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes

All smiles: Queens Park Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes

QPR's Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the first goal

QPR's Adel Taarabt celebrates scoring the first goal

Taarabt's touch and control are beautiful to behold. He has the vision and time on the ball that only few possess.

And with space to play against
Fulham, a conservative, unambitious team, he contrived to make a
decisive breakthrough with Rangers first goal before scoring the second
with sublime impudence.

In the 52nd minute, Taarabt cleverly
brought the ball down, and as Cisse peeled to his left, he took
advantage of the gap that opened in front of him.

Taarabt's shot, perhaps not the
finest he has struck, took a big deflection off the outstretched leg of
Brede Hangeland and left Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer wrong-footed
as he covered the other side of his goal.

Taarabt raced to a corner of the
ground to accept the congratulations of a section of a crowd that has
not had much to shout about so far this season.

His next incisive involvement was memorable.

Barely in Fulham's half, Taarabt
squeezed the ball through Hangeland's legs without the kind of
resistance Fulham manager Martin Jol would have expected from his giant
centre back.

On the run: Djibril Cisse of Queens Park Rangers takes on John Arne Riise and Aaron Hughes

On the run: Djibril Cisse of Queens Park Rangers takes on John Arne Riise and Aaron Hughes

Up for it: Damien Duff of Fulham wins the ball against Adel Taarabt

Up for it: Damien Duff of Fulham wins the ball against Adel Taarabt

In the clear, Taarabt teased John Arne Riise, running hard towards the Fulham penalty area.

And then after rolling the ball under
his right foot, backwards and forwards with the skill of a conjuror,
Taarabt dispatched a shot with the outside of his boot that entered the
bottom corner of the net with gentle precision.

It was a moment of footballing
genius. It was also a moment Redknapp celebrated by jumping from his
seat with his arms raised above his head.

Rangers fans roared their approval. But when a team is at the wrong end of the table, life is rarely easy.

Two minutes from time Fulham
substitute Mladen Petric was allowed to get within striking range and
his left-footed shot beat Rangers goalkeeper Robert Green after taking a
deflection off Alejandro Faurlin.

'I can only guess what psychological effect that had on the team having not won all season,' said Redknapp.

Kiss of life: Taarabt celebrates his second goal

Kiss of life: Taarabt celebrates his second goal

Wright stuff: QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips tackles Mladen Petric of Fulham

Wright stuff: QPR's Shaun Wright-Phillips tackles Mladen Petric of Fulham

'I know how hard it was for me to live through those final minutes of the game.'

Jol, however, looked for no sympathy. He was disgusted with his team's performance.

'I wanted to give 10 of the 11 players who beat Newcastle on Monday a chance to do it again,' he said.

'But we never looked like earning
the right to play. Rangers were first to the ball all the time and I am
very disappointed with our style of play.'

For Redknapp there was only one blemish on the day.

In January, he can expect to lose Taarabt to Morocco for the Africa Cup of Nations.

But if Rangers can collect a couple
more victories between now and then, Fernandes could be more easily
persuaded to allow Redknapp to raid the market in the transfer window.

Last night, at last Rangers' season had lift-off.

Done it: Defender Clint Hill (R) celebrates on the final whistle with Ryan Nelson

Done it: Defender Clint Hill (R) celebrates on the final whistle with Ryan Nelson

Well done: Martin Jol, manager of Fulham congratulates QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Well done: Martin Jol, manager of Fulham congratulates QPR manager Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp will try to keep Queens Park Rangers up

Redknapp: If I get QPR out of this mire it'll be the best achievement of my career

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UPDATED:

23:58 GMT, 2 December 2012

Harry Redknapp says helping QPR stave off relegation would be the greatest achievement of his long career.

The 65-year-old was appointed at the Loftus Road helm a week-and-a-half ago with the remit of keeping the Hoops in the Premier League.

It is a big ask for Redknapp with the west Londoners languishing bottom of the table, while their winless start to the season extended to 15 matches with Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa.

Mire: Harry Redknapp took the job at rock bottom QPR

Mire: Harry Redknapp took the job at rock bottom QPR

Asked if keeping QPR up would be his biggest achievement, he said: 'Of course, absolutely from where we are. We will try. It is going to be hard.

'I've taken a big task on here. I know what I've taken on, I'm not a fool. It's going to be difficult but you can only give it your best.'

Redknapp is not new to such a situation and has masterminded several previous relegation escapes, although he failed to do so with Southampton seven years ago.

'It always creates anxiety when you're bottom of the league and can't get a win,' the QPR boss said.

'Football is like life – it is about confidence. When things are going well, you win games and you don't know how you won. You come off thinking “we were rubbish today but we won again”.

Nightmare start: Brett Holman put fellow strugglers Aston Villa a goal up at Loftus Road

Nightmare start: Brett Holman put fellow strugglers Aston Villa a goal up at Loftus Road

Hopeful: Redknapp says he and his players will try to beat the drop

Hopeful: Redknapp says he and his players will try to beat the drop

'Sometimes, like we are at the moment, you play well but you can't get the win and that's how it goes.

'They have shown a good attitude. They've trained hard, worked hard.

'They've all been good, they're good lads. We just need a win, don't we

'We could have got that win on Saturday with a bit of luck. Clint Hill's header I thought was dropping in and if that goes in it's a different game.

Bright spark: Shaun Wright-Phillips was in good form

Bright spark: Shaun Wright-Phillips was in good form

'We would be back in there, chasing the pack, but we couldn't quite get those three points.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips was recalled to the starting line-up against Villa and produced a far better display than many previously seen in a QPR shirt.

'I think confidence is the key for him,' Redknapp said. 'He has to play with confidence.

'He made some good runs and great ones in the first half, where he should have scored and then hit the post.

'But he bent his runs in off the line and looked lively. He has done well in training and I gave him a chance.'

Aston Villa aim to ruin Harry Redknapp"s Loftus Road welcome party

Lambert ready to act the Villain for Harry's Loftus Road welcome party

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UPDATED:

20:51 GMT, 30 November 2012

Paul Lambert has warned Harry Redknapp that his Aston Villa side are happy to play party-poopers, saying: ‘We want to keep QPR down there.’

A narrow win over Reading on Tuesday has lifted a little pressure from the Scot’s own shoulders as the Birmingham club jumped out of the bottom three this week.

Three more points will lift Villa to within sight of mid-table and Lambert said that while he knows QPR will be boosted by Redknapp’s arrival, he has no intention of joining in the merriment.

Preparations: Gabriel Agbonlahor and Aston Villa in training at Bodymoor Heath on Friday

Preparations: Gabriel Agbonlahor and Aston Villa in training at Bodymoor Heath on Friday

‘Harry going in there will automatically give them a lift, as he is a brilliant manager,’ said Lambert. ‘It’s an extremely tough game for us. But we would be happy to win and keep them down there.’

He revealed Richard Dunne may have played his last game for Villa, given his mystery groin and hip problem. He is out of contract in the summer, so may move on in January.

Talking tactics: Harry Redknapp (left) at QPR training on Friday morning

Talking tactics: Harry Redknapp (left) at QPR training on Friday morning

Harry Redknapp won"t force out Queens Park Rangers" high earners

QPR's high earners determined to avoid being forced out as Redknapp's regime begins

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22:30 GMT, 28 November 2012

Queens Park Rangers’ highly paid stars are determined not to be forced out of the club by Harry Redknapp.

The manager, who drew his first game in charge 0-0 at Sunderland on Tuesday, has been told he must sell to generate cash for new arrivals.

A number of players who joined the club in the summer on big-money deals, including Esteban Granero, Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa and Park Ji-sung, may be part of a Loftus Road exodus.

Going nowhere: The likes of Esteban Granero (right) are determined not to be forced out by Harry Redknapp

Going nowhere: The likes of Esteban Granero (right) are determined not to be forced out by Harry Redknapp

But the feeling within the dressing room is that some of the players on big salaries will not be easy to sell or prepared to take a significant wage reduction to move elsewhere.

Redknapp has been told he must generate money from player sales if he wants to spend heavily on fresh talent.

The new boss may look to offload either Cesar or Robert Green as they recommence their battle for the No 1 jersey.

After starting the season as first choice, Green was dropped by sacked manager Mark Hughes after the arrival of Cesar from Inter Milan.

However, Redknapp, who tried to sign Green for Tottenham, is ready to give the ex-West Ham man a chance to revive his club career.

Green played 45 minutes in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw at Sunderland and team-mate Ryan Nelsen is backing the England keeper to give Cesar a run for his money.

Bore draw: Redknapp watched his side draw 0-0 with Sunderland in his first game in charge

Bore draw: Redknapp watched his side draw 0-0 with Sunderland in his first game in charge

Hope: Rob Green made a fantastic save to keep Rangers on terms at the Stadium of Light

Hope: Rob Green made a fantastic save to keep Rangers on terms at the Stadium of Light

‘Rob is a fantastic professional, he works really hard every day,’ said the New Zealander.

‘Obviously he has been disappointed, we all understand that, but he never lets his guard down in training. He puts in a good shift and that’s really important. It shows he is a good role model for the younger pros and younger keepers and everyone else.

‘I’d have no qualms with him being first choice, he is just as good (as Cesar). There will be absolutely no problems him being in goal for us.’

Tony Fernandes backs QPR manager Mark Hughes

Hughes has full support of 'calm' QPR owner Fernandes despite winless start

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18:21 GMT, 5 November 2012

QPR chairman Tony Fernandes insists he has complete faith in under-fire manager Mark Hughes as the Loftus Road club still search for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season.

The R's players were jeered off the pitch following Sunday's 1-1 home draw against fellow strugglers Reading to claim only their fourth league point of the campaign.

The right man: QPR are yet to win this season but Mark Hughes has the backing of Tony Fernandes

The right man: QPR are yet to win this season but Mark Hughes has the backing of Tony Fernandes

But Fernandez still believes Hughes is the right man to take the club forward, telling Sky Sports News the Welshman has his full backing.

'I have complete faith in Mark Hughes and we have a great squad, we just need to hold out for that stability and I'm sure things are going to go right,' he said.

Supporting his man: Fernandes says Hughes is the right man to turn things around

Supporting his man: Fernandes says Hughes is the right man to turn things around

'It's been one of those frustrating seasons for us but I'm keeping the faith and keeping calm. It's not a time to panic.'

Mark Hughes has seven days to save Queens Park Rangers job

EXCLUSIVE: Under-fire Hughes has SEVEN days to save his job

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 28 October 2012

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes is facing a seven-day battle to keep his job.

Winless Rangers sit rooted to the bottom of the Barclays Premier League on three points.

Hughes must deal with the very real possibility of being sacked if he cannot win next weekend's home match against Reading.

Running out of time: Queens Park Rangers are without a win this season

Running out of time: Queens Park Rangers are without a win this season

Sportsmail understands that a number of senior Loftus Road officials have lost patience with the manager.

The same QPR chiefs feel the club's start to the season simply is not good enough.

Members of the Rangers hierarchy do not feel the team's performances represent value for money after the significant transfer funds given to the ex-Manchester City boss.

And the opinion among influential members of the club's top brass is that the visit of Reading will be a make-or-break game for Hughes.

The final decision will be left to co-owners Tony Fernandes and Amit Bhatia. Fernandes has remained loyal to his first managerial appointment, despite calls from other QPR officials to end Hughes's tenure.

Phone a friend: The final decision on Hughes' future will rest with Fernandes

Phone a friend: The final decision on Hughes' future will rest with Fernandes

Fernandes feels a sense of loyalty to Hughes and is desperate to see his appointment succeed, but the growing disquiet at Loftus Road could see the tycoon change his mind next weekend.

The cost of appointing a new boss will become a key issue. Hughes is only eight months into a two-and-a-half-year contract and compensation packages for him and his back-room staff will not come cheaply.

Out-of-work Harry Redknapp is understood to be high on the list of contenders to replace Hughes, but Fernandes is fully aware that the appointment of a new manager is likely to lead to further heavy investment in January.

Clint Hill backs Mark Hughes despite QPR form

QPR players are behind under-fire Hughes despite sloppy start

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11:42 GMT, 12 October 2012

QPR boss Mark Hughes has the full support of the Loftus Road dressing room, according to defender Clint Hill.

Under pressure manager Hughes has yet to see his side win in the Barclays Premier League this season and Rangers sit bottom of the table despite an influx of big-name signings over the course of the summer.

Trouble: Mark Hughes (left) is struggling at the moment

Trouble: Mark Hughes (left) is struggling at the moment

Despite their meagre tally of only two
points, QPR's chairman Tony Fernandes has backed Hughes and Hill has
revealed the players also believe the Welshman will turn things around.

'Everybody on the inside is pulling in the same direction and trying to get the result we need,' he told the Fulham Chronicle.

'The gaffer's confident he can turn things around – he wouldn't be here if he wasn't. He's still got the full support of all the boys. We're fully behind him and the staff.'

The 33-year-old defender likened Hughes' situation to that of Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The Spurs manager was under intense early pressure after taking over at White Hart Lane in July and starting the season slowly.

Persistence: Clint Hill says all the players support Hughes

Persistence: Clint Hill says all the players support Hughes

But following a string of good
results, including a 3-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford,
Villas-Boas is now much more comfortable and Hill feels the same could
be said of Hughes in a month's time.

'If you have three or four bad results, people from outside the club start writing things and pointing fingers,' he said.

'If
you look at the Tottenham manager three or four weeks ago, everyone was
saying he was a bad manager. All of a sudden he gets a few results and
nothing is said.'

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand face racial abuse hearing

Round two: Terry and Ferdinand face racial abuse hearing showdown at secret FA location

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UPDATED:

08:34 GMT, 23 September 2012

John Terry and Anton Ferdinand will face each other in front of a four-man independent FA disciplinary panel at a secret London location on Monday – just nine days after the Chelsea captain was publicly snubbed by the QPR defender before the Premier League clash between their clubs at Loftus Road.

Terry faces a likely four-match ban if he is found guilty of using racial language in abusing Ferdinand during a game last October.

And the FA will come under enormous pressure to ban Terry from the England team if the panel, who are expected to sit for two days, find against their former captain.

Late drama: John Terry (right) tries to calm Stoke's Jonathan Walters on Saturday

Drama: John Terry (right) tries to calm Stoke's Jonathan Walters on Saturday

Ferdinand is expected to attend in person to give evidence, as will Terry and his Chelsea team-mate, Ashley Cole.

The England defender, who gave evidence in Terry's defence when he was acquitted of a charge at Westminster Magistrates' Court of racially abusing Ferdinand, was also snubbed by the QPR man when the two teams shook hands before their Premier League match last Saturday.

Terry's legal team – led by George Carter-Stephenson QC, who defended him in court – are expected to argue that the case should not proceed because of Terry's acquittal in a criminal court.

They will cite FA rule 6.8, which governs disciplinary hearings and states that the results of relevant civil or criminal proceedings are 'presumed to be correct and the facts presumed to be true' by FA regulatory commissions.

No handshake: Anton Ferdinand (left) snubbed Terry at last week's match

No handshake: Anton Ferdinand (left) snubbed Terry at last week's match

However, the FA's legal team are likely to counter that the charge is distinct from the public order offence as their rules state that using language which refers to a player's colour is in itself an offence.

Terry has admitted in court that he used the phrase 'f****** black c***' to Ferdinand but said he did so while asking if Ferdinand thought he had called him that and to explain that he had not.

The FA disciplinary commission investigating the case of Liverpool's Luis Suarez, who called the Manchester United defender Patrice Evra 'negrito' – or 'a little black' – last season, ruled that simply using racist language was enough to constitute a breach of the rule.

The commission reported: 'In our judgment, the test for breach of Rule E3 (1) is objective. The question is simply whether the words or behaviour are abusive or insulting.

'This is a matter for the Commission to decide, having regard to all the relevant facts and circumstances of the case. It is not necessary that the alleged offender intends his words or behaviour to be abusive or insulting in order for him to breach Rule E3 (1).'

Terry's team argue that his words to Ferdinand were not insulting as they formed part of a genuine question.

FA hearings are decided on the balance of probability, a lower test than the standard of 'beyond reasonable doubt' required by a court.

England manager Roy Hodgson will also come under scrutiny in the next two weeks with a new England squad due to be announced.

Previously, Hodgson has omitted Ferdinand's brother, Rio, citing 'football reasons' rather than any animosity that may exist between the Ferdinand family and Terry.

However, if Ferdinand continues to hold his place in the Manchester United team over the next fortnight, the pressure on the England manager to pick him will grow, especially if Terry is unavailable to him because of a ban from England games.