QPR SNAP UP GREEN

QPR have secured their first major signing of the summer after capturing former West Ham United goalkeeper Robert Green on a free transfer.

The England international was out of contract at the end of this season, but he did not agree a deal with West Ham United to extend his stay at Upton Park. It was initially thought that he would be moving to Spanish club Malaga where he was offered around £ 40,000 per week.

However, he has decided to extend his stay in London after signing a deal with QPR, who managed to secure a Premier league place despite the 3-2 defeat at the hands of Manchester City on the final day of last season.

The 32-year-old goalkeeper is an England international, but has not been selected for the Euro 2012. The club have revealed that Robert Green has signed a two-year deal with the London club. QPR have been showing a lot of ambition in the transfer window ever since the arrival of new Malaysian owner Tony Fernandes. The arrival of Mark Hughes also seems to have persuaded that it is the perfect club for the 32-year-old goalkeeper. Robert Green has made 12 appearances for the national team.

“It’s an exciting period for everybody connected to QPR and I can’t wait to get started. I’m excited about the challenge ahead and hugely encouraged by the direction in which the owners and Mark Hughes are looking to take the club,” said the goalkeeper after announcing his decision to sign for the London club. “He’s got all the characteristics of a top keeper and he’ll be a huge addition for us,” said Mark Hughes after announcing the signing of Robert Green. The former West Ham United goalkeeper’s last involvement with the national team was in the recent friendly match against Norway.

QPR NOT TAKEN LIGHTLY

Manchester city defender Joleon Lescott has said that the club should certainly not take their opponents on the final day of the season QPR lightly.

QPR will be visiting the Etihad stadium on the last day of the season knowing that they can still survive even after a defeat.

They are currently two points above Bolton in the relegation fight. The final relegation spot will be decided between QPR and Bolton. While Bolton are up against the prospect of beating Stoke city at the Britannia stadium, QPR will know that they can survive realistically with a point from the Etihad stadium.

City, however, have a big prize on their mind, as they could lift the Premier league title in front of their home fans for the first time in 44 years. They are currently leading Manchester United in the table due to their better goal difference, which means that they should win against QPR in order to be absolutely certain about lifting the title. Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott has said that the club should not be relaxed about the final match of the season especially considering that Manchester United will be having an away match at Sunderland, who have nothing to play in the fixture.

“I’ve heard a few things have been said about how we will approach the game and that we think all we have to do is turn up – but that’s complete nonsense. Every team we play represents a different challenge and we will go out there with the right attitude and manner and try to get the job done. It’s been a great few weeks with the five wins on the bounce and the way we’ve turned things around, but for us to start getting carried away now would be silly,” said Joleon Lescott.

QPR MUST MOVE ON

QPR manager Mark Hughes has said that his team must make full use of the 2-1 win over Arsenal last weekend in order to get out of the relegation troubles this season.

QPR have previously won against Chelsea and Liverpool at home this season, but have been unable to carry on the impressive run against the lesser teams.

As a result, they find themselves in the bottom three of the Premier league, which will result in relegation at the end of the season. Following the 2-1 win over Arsenal, which helped them stay in touch with the other relegation strugglers, Mark Hughes demanded his team to take on the positives from this match to other matches as well.

QPR managed a 3-2 win over Liverpool a few weeks ago, but followed that up with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Sunderland. Now, Mark Hughes has said that he will not allow his players to do the same mistake once again, as he fully expects them to capitalise on this moral boosting victory. Arsenal are currently chasing for the third position and are leading the race in order to do so. However, this 2-1 defeat at the hands of QPR has allowed their arch rivals Tottenham to close the gap.

“I talked about not letting that performance go to waste. We possibly did when we went up to the Stadium of Light and really under-performed. We must not allow that to happen again. We have a huge test going to Old Trafford and that will be a measure of how we deal with going to away grounds and getting points on the board,” Hughes said after the match. QPR, however, will be facing a stern test in the form of an away trip to Manchester United in the next fixture.

TOO GOOD TO DROP

QPR manager Mark Hughes has said that his club are currently too good to go down into the Championship.

Despite the arrival of former Manchester city manager Mark Hughes and a number of high profile players in the January transfer window, QPR are still struggling down near the bottom of the Premier league table.

There is a real chance that QPR will be the only club most of the trio promoted from the Championship last season to go straight back down. This is because both Norwich and Swansea are in a much comfortable position than QPR, who are in the 17 position in the table.

QPR will be welcoming Everton during this weekend. Speaking ahead of the match, QPR manager Mark Hughes has said that he is the only factor when it comes to picking the team and has dismissed any suggestion that QPR owner Tony Fernandes has a lot of say in the team picked during the weekend. The suggestions come after Tony Fernandes has overseen the various activities of the club in very much the similar fashion as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich. Many still believe that it is Roman Abramovich who picks the team for Chelsea matches.

“I have heard of similar situations, but not all at one club. It is an incredible time that this club has come through. There has been a lot of change and turmoil at the club and that is something we are trying to take out of the equation. I would like to think that my staff and I are part of that and together we can make this happen,” QPR manager Mark Hughes said ahead of the match with Everton. QPR need to take maximum points from the match given that they will be facing the likes of Arsenal and Liverpool in their next five fixtures.

QPR LOANEE WANTS SUCCESS

QPR’s on loan Manchester United striker Federico Macheda has said that he wants to emulate the success achieved by previous Manchester United youngsters like Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley.

Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck have both proven that manager Sir Alex Ferguson always provides the opportunities to players if they are good enough to play for Manchester United. Danny Welbeck spent one season on loan at Sunderland, while Tom Cleverley was at Wigan athletic on loan last season.

Both these loan deals have proven to be extremely successful for all parties involved and Federico Macheda hopes to achieve the same with his loan spell at QPR.

Federico Macheda arrived at loan on QPR after a number of clubs are reportedly interested in him. The Italian made his debut for Manchester United in 2009 in the match against Aston Villa. It provided him with almost instant success, as he hit the injury time winner that gave Manchester United all three points.

However, he has not been able to replicate the same success in the forthcoming seasons, which effectively meant that he had to go out on loan in order to gain experience. He did so by going to Sampdoria last season, but Sir Alex Ferguson has remained steadfast that he would be willing to allow Federico Macheda go on loan only to a Premier League club.

‘I hope to do the same as them because they had loan spells for one year and it worked well for them. I hope it will do for me as well. When I spoke to (Ferguson) about going on loan he agreed with me. I am 20 years old and I need to get more playing time,’ he said. So far, he has made 15 appearances for Manchester United as a starter and 18 as a substitute.