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Rangers snap up another loan star

PUBLISHED: 13:34 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010

Teen sensation: Samuel Di Carmine is a highly-rated prospect, and has been a regular for Fiorentina in Italy's Serie A

Teen sensation: Samuel Di Carmine is a highly-rated prospect, and has been a regular for Fiorentina in Italy's Serie A

QPR have sealed their second loan signing inside a week with the arrival of Fiorentina striker Samuel di Carmine at Loftus Road. The 19-year-old Italian has joined on a season-long loan deal...

QPR have sealed their second loan signing inside a week with the arrival of Fiorentina striker Samuel di Carmine at Loftus Road.

The 19-year-old Italian has joined on a season-long loan deal, and Iain Dowie could not contain his delight at his second loan arrival from Italy.

"Samuel is a young striker with potential," said the QPR boss on Tuesday.

"I went out to see him play in Italy and I thought he did very well. He leads the line well and uses his body very well for someone so young.

"A season long loan provides us with a good opportunity to have a closer look at him.

"Technically, he looks fine; he might take a little bit of time to adjust to the physical rigours of Championship football, but I'm sure he's capable of that.

"What we want is a good under-belly of young players at the Club. When you're building for the future that's vitally important."

Di Carmine made his debut for his home-town club aged just 17 in 2006, and scored his first goal in a UEFA Cup tie just two months later.

His arrival comes hot on the heels of the loan capture of Argentinian midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma, who was playing for another Italian club, Genoa.

Ledesma, 20, also has an Italian passport and was wanted by a host of Serie A clubs, but Rangers won the race for his signature and could sign him permanently after a year long loan spell.

"He's one for the future, but technically he's ready now," added Dowie.

"I also saw him play in Italy and although Genoa lost that game, he was the outstanding player on the pitch."

If the loan is a success, Rangers have first option to sign Ledesma for £2.3million at the end of the season.

Dowie has been busy this week and the R's should shortly announce the signing of Latvian defender Kaspars Gorkss from Blackpool and remain hopeful of landing Crystal Palace's former England Under-21 midfielder Ben Watson.

But Rangers have still not made a breakthrough in their longstanding bid to re-sign Lee Cook from Fulham.

They hoped the recent departure from Fulham of managing director David McNally would pave the way for them to bring Cook back to Loftus Road.

But Fulham are still reluctant to sell the winger for less than £2.5million and an attempt to secure Cook on an initial loan deal has also been blocked.


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