Loan Rangers may return
By Ben Kosky QPR will resume the policy of borrowing players from their Premier League neighbours if they fail to land a goalscorer before the transfer deadline. Rangers are hoping to buy a proven Championship striker before the end of the month, but have
By Ben Kosky
QPR will resume the policy of borrowing players from their Premier League neighbours if they fail to land a goalscorer before the transfer deadline.
Rangers are hoping to buy a proven Championship striker before the end of the month, but have not ruled out returning to the loan market despite manager Neil Warnock's preference for permanent signings.
And Warnock's assistant Mick Jones confirmed that the club will again primarily target squad players from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea.
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"There's the opportunity of loans outside the window and that'll be a massive part of my job," said Jones. "I'll be checking out the 'big' clubs to see who's available, particularly in London.
"They've all got big squads and they want to keep an eye on their players when they go out on loan, so it makes sense to go to clubs that aren't too far away.
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"With that said, we have to try and work less with loan signings because they're not your players and you never know when they might have to go back.
"But I'm a big believer that the January window is far more important than this one - after about six games you know where you're at and you can deal with those things in January."
Spurs playmaker Adel Taarabt, who returned to Loftus Road to sign a permanent deal last week, has arguably been Rangers' most successful loan in recent years.
Jay Simpson topped the club's scoring charts after spending last season on loan from Arsenal, while England under-21 defender Michael Mancienne made a good impression during his spell with the Rs in 2008.
But some of Mancienne's Chelsea team-mates were less than successful at Rangers - Jimmy Smith faded quickly after a bright start, as did Scott Sinclair and Ben Sahar.
When Warnock and Jones arrived at QPR in March, the squad contained no fewer than seven loan signings and, with the exception of Taarabt, no attempt was made to keep any of them at the club.
"The door's still wide open for anyone who wants to push it," added Jones. "People can surprise you. When we first came to the club, there were two players we felt wouldn't be our type of player and both have proved us massively wrong.