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Last minute penalty miss costs Fulham against QPR

Idrissa Sylla netted the winner. Credit: PA

Idrissa Sylla headed home a late winner to help QPR earn a 2-1 victory over near neighbours Fulham and ensure Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink ended a difficult week on high.

Manager Hasselbaink had been caught up in the Daily Telegraph's investigation into corruption in football but took his place in the dugout and saw his QPR side win at Craven Cottage for the first time since 1980.

And he rode his luck on the way as Fulham missed two penalties and a host of chances before substitute Sylla headed home in the 87th minute of this west London derby. Conor Washington's first league goal for QPR had opened the scoring before Tim Ream levelled up, only for Sylla to win it.

Stefan Johansen rejects Celtic contract to join Fulham

The lure of English football was too much for Johansen. Credit: PA

Celtic midfielder Stefan Johansen is closing in on a move to Fulham.

Hoops manager Brendan Rodgers confirmed the Norwegian was on his way out of Parkhead after failing to agree a contract extension.

"Stefan's going into the last year of his contract," Rodgers said. "I have found him a really good guy. He has worked over pre-season and it's been difficult because he's been unable to reach an agreement with the club.

"But I think he has always wanted to play in England, so the opportunity has come for him. He wasn't going to sign a new deal, so it's one that probably works well for both really.

"I don't think it's complete yet but it's something that could happen, possibly in the next couple of days."

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Benitez calls Newcastle defeat at Fulham a 'wake up call'

Newcastle lost 1-0 at Fulham. Credit: PA

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez watched his side go down 1-0 at Fulham and then described it as a "wake-up call".

The Magpies were beaten by Matt Smith's first-half header in a lacklustre Championship season opener following summer spending of almost £45 million.

Benitez knows Newcastle cannot afford many similar performances if they are to immediately return to the Premier League.

"I'm really disappointed because we did not play at the level we expected," he said. "We did not win the ball too much in the second ball and were not keeping the ball properly. We were not concentrating. This game could be a wake-up call for everyone.

"The only positive is it is the beginning of the season and we can wake up. At least everyone has to realise it has to be like this for the rest of the season.

"We didn't play at the level we want to play and have to play if you want to score goals and win games. You have to be much better. We have to realise this is a tough competition and we have to be much better."

Newcastle had two penalty appeals waved away for handballs by Ryan Tunnicliffe and Tomas Kalas but Benitez refused to criticise referee Simon Hooper.

"The first one was clear and not given," he said. "The second one depends on the referee."

Jose Mourinho Jr. signs Fulham youth contract

Jose Mourinho's goalkeeper son, Jose Mourinho Jr, has signed a two-year scholarship deal with Fulham on the same day that his father officially began work as Manchester United manager.

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The 16-year-old, who has previously played in the academies of Chelsea and Real Madrid, signed the contract accompanied by his mother Matilde.

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Spurs set to complete signing of French striker

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele is undergoing a medical at Tottenham and is expected to complete his move to White Hart Lane.

Under the terms of the deal, the teenager is set to stay with the Championship strugglers for the remainder of the current campaign before joining Spurs in the summer.

Moussa Dembele will return to Fulham. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino has been searching for another striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane and has cash to spare after selling Andros Townsend to Newcastle for £12million.

Dembele joined Fulham from Paris St Germain in 2012 and has scored 11 goals all in competitions this season but his contract at Craven Cottage is due to expire in the summer.

The deal could cause some degree of confusion as it comes just one day after unrelated midfielder Mousa Dembele signed a new three-year deal with the London club.

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