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No back-up plan for Gorkss battle

PUBLISHED: 13:24 23 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:19 24 August 2010

BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 11:  Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Cardiff beats the challenge from Kaspars Gorkss of Blackpool during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Blackpool and Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road on December 11, 2007 in Blackpool, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

BLACKPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 11: Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink of Cardiff beats the challenge from Kaspars Gorkss of Blackpool during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Blackpool and Cardiff City at Bloomfield Road on December 11, 2007 in Blackpool, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

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By Ben Kosky QPR have no plans to enter the transfer market for another defender if their protracted attempt to sign Kaspars Gorkss falls through. Rangers have been trying to lure the Latvian international from Blackpool all summer, but are yet to tie up

By Ben Kosky

QPR have no plans to enter the transfer market for another defender if their protracted attempt to sign Kaspars Gorkss falls through.

Rangers have been trying to lure the Latvian international from Blackpool all summer, but are yet to tie up the £250,000 deal - even though Gorkss has joined them for pre-season training.

The proposed move has been coated with controversy after Blackpool accused their Championship rivals of an illegal approach and submitted a complaint to the Football League.

Rangers boss Iain Dowie told the Times: "I don't think there is a Plan B, but there are plenty of other options here - we've got Damion Stewart, Fitz Hall, Matt Connolly and Zesh Rehman.

"Yes, we'd like to get Kaspars here. We've put a bid on that we believe is the right bid, given the clause in his contract, and I felt that was fine.

"Certainly I haven't talked to anyone untoward, but this is obviously rumbling on and that's for people in a higher position than me to deal with.

"We've made our choice and we hope to see it over the line, but we'll have to wait and see."

The 26-year-old centre-back joined Blackpool from Ventspils in his homeland 18 months ago, becoming a key figure as the Seasiders gained promotion and established themselves in the Championship last season.

He attracted the attention of QPR after his performance - and headed goal - in the Lancashire side's 3-2 defeat at Loftus Road towards the end of the campaign.

Whether or not Gorkss becomes a member of Rangers' squad, Dowie is expecting to have a clearer picture of his preferred starting 11 after they return from next week's trip to Scotland.

The Rs are up against SPL duo Falkirk on Saturday (3pm) and Kilmarnock on Tuesday (7.45pm) before returning to Loftus Road for their only home pre-season friendly, against Chievo a week on Saturday.

"Falkirk and Kilmarnock will be good games, then we're into Chievo and by then we'll be looking to bullet down the team," said the QPR manager.

"Don't forget we'll miss Martin Rowlands for three games and [Rowan] Vine and [Akos] Buzsaky won't be available. But come Chievo, we shouldn't be far away from what my starting line-up will be.


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