Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung, taking the South Korea international to Loftus Road for a fee of £5m, the BBC has reported.
Park had a year remaining on his contract at Old Trafford, having signed an extension last summer, but has been allowed by Sir Alex Ferguson to move on to pastures new. Park becomes QPR manager Mark Hughes’ sixth signing of the summer so far, after the former United striker also brought in Andrew Johnson, Ryan Nelsen and Robert Green, all on free transfers, and made the loan deal of Samba Diakite permanent. Park will also see a familiar face at QPR as the club have already signed Fabio da Silva on loan from Man Utd.
The 31-year-old made 133 Premier League appearances for United, scoring 19 goals, and won the league title four times and the Champions League once in his seven years at the club.
Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Hughes has revealed his delight at securing the services of England goalkeeper Rob Green.
The West Ham United shotstopper was strongly linked with a move away from Upton Park, with his current deal set to end on July 1, and a number of Premier League clubs were believed to be interested in the 32-year-old.
However, Rangers, who are 9/2 to be relegated from the top flight next season with bet365, have won the race to sign Green and Hughes was pleased to have the veteran keeper on board at Loftus Road.
He told the club’s official website: “It was important we brought another quality keeper into the group.
“Rob is obviously someone with vast experience at international and Premier League level and his pedigree speaks for itself.
“He’s got all the characteristics of a top keeper and he’ll be a huge addition for us who will stimulate the goalkeeping group, which can only be good for the squad as a whole.”
Nicolas Anelka looks set for a sensational return to the Premier League. The Daily Mail reported today that London rivals West Ham, QPR and Tottenham are battling for the striker’s signature. The Frenchman only signed for Shanghai Shenhua in January from Chelsea but has not experienced the most joyful of times since leaving Stamford Bridge.
The paper suggests that much of the potential transfer depends on what, if any, transfer fee the Chinese Super League side ask for, but suggestions that Anelka could be available for free will be sure to alert the more financially astute managers. In recent weeks there has been much speculation that the 33-year-old would attract former strike partner Didier Drogba to Shanghai, as of yet that deal has failed to materialize.
The Daily Mail has reported today that Mark Hughes is planning an ambitious bid to land Chris Samba, in order to boost the heart of QPR’s defence. Hughes reportedly tried to sign the 28 year old centre back in January, however Blackburn held off interest and Samba eventually joined Anzhi Makhachakala for £12 million.
There is little doubt about Samba’s ability and he would undoubtedly provide some much needed stability that would help QPR’s bid to remain a Premier League side.
What’s more, Samba is reported to be keen on a return to England having found his time in Russia difficult. It remains to be seen though, if Anzhi will be willing to sell him given that they only signed him a few months ago.
Nigel de Jong has appeared on the radar of Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger. The Daily Mirror are reporting that after the breakdown of talks with Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila, Wenger is turning his attention closer to home. Arsenal had earmarked up to £17 million for M’Vila so it is unlikely that CIty will price De Jong out of their range.
Having been a consistent performer in past seasons De Jong failed to make an impact on City’s first title win, only making 14 league appearances, over half of that in the previous two campaigns. It is thought that Mark Hughes is also monitoring the situation, believing that reuniting with the player he signed for City in 2009 would help propel QPR to the next level.
Queens Park Rangers could exploit Aston Villa’s failure to land a manager to replace Alex Mcleish by swooping for goalkeeper Shay Given.
In today’s Daily Telegraph it is suggested that Rangers boss Mark Hughes has named Given as his number one transfer target as he looks to rejuvenate his squad who narrowly avoided relegation in their first season back in the Premier League.
Hughes’ interest in Given won’t come as a shock to many after the Republic of Ireland keeper was signed by Hughes whilst at Manchester City and Given himself was an outspoken critic of his sacking by the Premier League winners.