Paulo the poacher?

By Dave McIntyre JORDI Lopez is waiting to discover whether former QPR boss Paulo Sousa will offer him the chance to join Swansea. Lopez is set to move on after failing to agree a new contract with Rangers following the end of his three-month deal. The Sp

By Dave McIntyre

JORDI Lopez is waiting to discover whether former QPR boss Paulo Sousa will offer him the chance to join Swansea.

Lopez is set to move on after failing to agree a new contract with Rangers following the end of his three-month deal.

The Spanish midfielder entered contract talks soon after the end of last season, which continued even after he snubbed the Rs' initial offer, but discussions have now been halted.


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Lopez is now likely to be approached by Sousa, who was confirmed as Swansea's new manager on Tuesday - three months after the Portuguese was booted out of Loftus Road.

Sousa signed Lopez during his short spell as QPR coach, which ended acrimoniously in April following a series of behind-the-scenes problems.

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Lopez's agent, former QPR player Alex Bonnot, said: "I haven't heard from Paulo Sousa, but he and Jordi get on very well.

"Jordi has a few options but I know he liked playing under Paulo and that Paulo really likes him as a player."

Bonnot admitted that Lopez is "very unlikely" to be at QPR next season after the two parties failed to reach an agreement.

Rangers officials claim Lopez wanted a three-year contract and his wage demands were excessive - but Bonnot claims the club simply never made the player an acceptable offer.

Bonnot added: "Jordi really liked it at Rangers and could have stayed if the offer was right, but it wasn't."

Sousa is expected to bring Bruno Oliveira, his assistant at QPR, to the Liberty Stadium, as well as recruiting Rangers' performance manager John Harbin.

Harbin joined the Rs a year ago with former coach Iain Dowie, but remained during Sousa's brief spell in charge.

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