Rangers do a Prisk trade
By Dave McIntyre and Ben Kosky QPR have made a bid to sign Hungarian hitman Tamas Priskin from Ipswich after offloading Patrick Agyemang to Bristol City. Priskin has failed to impress since a big-money move to Portman Road from Watford in the summer and h
By Dave McIntyre and Ben Kosky
QPR have made a bid to sign Hungarian hitman Tamas Priskin from Ipswich after offloading Patrick Agyemang to Bristol City.
Priskin has failed to impress since a big-money move to Portman Road from Watford in the summer and has lost his place in Ipswich's first team.
But Rangers are interested in taking the 23-year-old target man - an international team-mate of Rs playmaker Akos Buzsaky - on loan with a view to a permanent move.
They have enquired about a number of other forwards, including Stoke's Dave Kitson, but are now preparing to make a formal offer for the Town striker.
Priskin scored 19 goals in 82 appearances during his three-year spell with the Hornets, which included a brief loan with Preston in 2008, before his move to Ipswich.
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Rangers have cleared the decks for his arrival by allowing Agyemang to move to Ashton Gate on loan until the end of the season, with an agreed price of around �450,000 for his permanent transfer if he impresses.
The 29-year-old striker hit a purple patch of scoring form soon after his �350,000 arrival from Preston two years ago, but had been in and out of the side under Rangers' recent procession of managers.
Also leaving Loftus Road was winger Wayne Routledge, who joined Championship front-runners Newcastle in a �1.25m deal after they beat neighbours Middlesbrough to his signature.
Rangers turned down an initial bid for Routledge from Gordon Strachan's side, but had been anxious to trim their wage bill by selling the former Crystal Palace and Tottenham player.
There has also been speculation over the future of Rowan Vine, but new QPR boss Mick Harford confirmed that the forward remains very much part of his plans.
Vine recently underwent a hernia operation, but featured in last week's friendly against Luton and Harford told the Times: "He'll probably have a reserve game or two, but he's not in my plans to go out on loan.
"I was instrumental in bringing Rowan to the club when I was here last time and everyone knows what he's about. He's industrious, infectious and good to have around the place.
"Unfortunately he had that horrific injury, which obviously set him back a bit and he's just had a little operation, but he's training well and looks fit.
"If we can get Rowan Vine back to what he was, we've got a good player on our hands.
"You've got to be careful with players who have been out long-term, with secondary injuries, not fatigue them and make sure they're fresh and ready to go into the first team."
However, there could be further departures from QPR before the transfer window closes next Monday, with central defender Fitz Hall also lined up for a loan move.
The central defender was another of the clutch of players who joined what was then viewed as a Rangers revolution two years ago, but he has lost his place in the Rs side since Jim Magilton's departure in December.