Rangers rush into the market straight away
PUBLISHED: 12:11 02 January 2008 | UPDATED: 16:08 23 July 2010
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BY Ben Kosky QPR began a wave of frenzied buying when the transfer window finally opened for business on Wednesday. Rangers immediately shelled out an estimated £2m when they completed deals for West Ham s attacking midfielder Hogan Ephraim and Arsenal de
BY Ben Kosky
QPR began a wave of frenzied buying when the transfer window finally opened for business on Wednesday.
Rangers immediately shelled out an estimated £2m when they completed deals for West Ham's attacking midfielder Hogan Ephraim and Arsenal defender Matt Connolly.
The club had already announced the signings of Watford midfielder Gavin Mahon and Manchester United full-back Kieran Lee, the latter on a six-month loan, before the window opened.
They were also hoping to sign Sunderland striker Daryl Murphy and convert Akos Buzsaky's loan from Plymouth into a permanent move, in time for them to feature in this weekend's FA Cup tie at Chelsea.
Mahon, who turned 30 today, had a successful three-and-a-half year spell with Brentford before moving to Watford for £150,000 in March 2002.
He made more than 200 appearances for the Hornets, captaining them to success in the Championship play-off final of 2006 and was a regular during the following season in the top flight.
Lee, 19, captains United's reserve side, but appeared twice for the senior team in the Carling Cup last season and made his Premiership debut against Chelsea at the end of the campaign.
Ephraim, who is also 19, impressed both up front and on the left side of midfield during his three-month loan period at Loftus Road earlier this season, scoring twice in 13 appearances.
Twenty-year-old Connolly, who is a member of the England under-21 squad, can play at centre-back or full-back, and spent the first half of the season on loan at Colchester.