QPR boss Warnock makes it a double

NEIL Warnock has taken his spending above the �5m mark after sealing the captures of strike pair Tommy Smith and Rob Hulse on Tuesday. The QPR boss forked out fees in the region of a combined �2.5m to bring two of his top targets to Loftus Road before the

NEIL Warnock has taken his spending above the �5m mark after sealing the captures of strike pair Tommy Smith and Rob Hulse on Tuesday.

The QPR boss forked out fees in the region of a combined �2.5m to bring two of his top targets to Loftus Road before the transfer window closed.

And the arrivals of Smith and Hulse give Warnock a formidable array of firepower, with Jamie Mackie, Heidar Helguson, Patrick Agyemang, Leon Clarke and Antonio German also competing for places.

Rangers had inquired about a number of forwards, including Blackburn's Jason Roberts, but Hulse in particular had been near the top of Warnock's shopping list for some time.


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The 30-year-old target man played under Warnock during his final season at Sheffield United and has consistently scored goals in the second tier for Crewe, West Brom, Leeds and Derby.

With Hulse in the final year of his contract at Pride Park, the Rams agreed to accept QPR's offer.

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Like Hulse, Smith has signed a three-year contract at Loftus Road after his proposed move to Glasgow Rangers foundered recently.

Smith made his name at Watford, helping the Hornets win successive promotions in the late 1990s and had spells at Sunderland and Derby before returning to Vicarage Road in 2006.

He was twice named Watford's player of the year before moving on again to Portsmouth last season.

Both players could make their QPR debuts against Middlesbrough a week on Saturday - and the Times have five pairs of tickets for the match to give away, courtesy of Football League sponsors npower.

To stand a chance of winning, email the answer to the following question, plus your name and a contact phone number, to nwl.sport@archant.co.uk no later than 10am on Monday September 6.

Who scored QPR's goal in their 5-1 defeat by Middlesbrough last season?

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