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QPR's Caulker set to join Southampton on loan

Caulker is heading to Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton are set to complete the loan signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker, acoording to Press Association Sport.

Toby Alderweireld's decision to join Tottenham and a serious knee injury sustained by Florin Gardos has heightened the need to bring in defensive reinforcements at St Mary's.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman has spoken of his wish to acquire at least one more centre-back, as well as add some extra height in defence - a role it appears Caulker will now help fill.

Signed by QPR last summer, the 23-year-old is again on the move with a loan deal at St Mary's close to completion.

Reports suggest Caulker will move with a view to an £8million permanent transfer - the amount QPR paid to bring him in from Cardiff last year.

The centre-back will be looking to avoid a third straight relegation from the Premier League at Saints and to add to his sole England cap won three years ago.

Released QPR man close to joining New York Red Bulls

Wright-Phillips is close to joining New York Red Bulls. Credit: PA

Shaun Wright-Phillips is close to signing a contract with New York Red Bulls, where his brother Bradley has been playing for two years.

The former Man City and Chelsea winger, last seen warming the bench at QPR, has been training with the MLS side since mid-June.

The 33 year-old will join former Blues team-mate Frank Lampard and England team-mate Steven Gerrard in MLS, who have joined New York City and La Galaxy respectively.


QPR set to apply for Sandro work permit

Sandro could be back at QPR. Credit: PA

Championship QPR have confirmed they will re-apply for work permit on behalf of midfielder Sandro.

Sandro played for the club last season without a work permit due to an administration issue and is currently out of the country.

QPR can confirm that the club's sponsorship licence has been reinstated with immediate effect.

The club has resolved the matter with the Home Office and Sandro will reapply for a new work permit once clearance has been given by the football authorities.

– QPR statement

Nedum Onuoha replaces Joey Barton as QPR captain

QPR have named Nedum Onuoha as their new captain, replacing Joey Barton who was released by the club this summer.

The central defender, who can also play as full-back, will skipper Chris Ramsey's team in the Championship this season.

The 28 year-old has played 83 league games for QPR since joining the club from Man City on a four-and-a-half year deal in January 2012.

QPR midfielder extends contract at Loftus Road

Henry has plenty of experience in the Championship. Credit: PA

Karl Henry has extended his contract with QPR by another 12 months.

The former Wolves midfielder exercised a clause in his deal that allowed him to stay with the relegated side, who finish at the foot of the Premier League last season.

Henry, 32, told

"I'm pleased to have taken up my year’s option. I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead with this group of players.

“Hopefully we can bounce back from last year’s disappointments and give the fans something positive to shout about."

QPR reject £12m offer for star striker Austin

Charlie Austin will almost certainly leave Loftus Road this summer. Credit: PA

Leicester City have had a £12million bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin rejected.

The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for the Rs last season but could not help keep the west London club in the top flight.

Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson's England squad for last month's fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his current deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.


QPR sign ex-Germany U21 striker on three-year deal

Polter has joined QPR on a three-year deal. Credit: PA

QPR have signed former Germany under-21 striker Sebastian Polter on a three-year deal from Mainz for an undisclosed fee.

The 24 year-old spent last season on loan with FC Union Berlin, who play in the German equivalent of England's Championship, where the 6 ft 3 in striker scored 14 goals in 29 games.

FC Union Berlin finished 7th last season, missing on the promotion play-off spot by 11 points.

Polter won ten caps for Germany's under-21 side between 2012 and 2013, scoring four goals, while he's also played for Wolfsburg and Mainz in the Bundesliga.

Harry Redknapp sidekick to leave QPR this month

Assistant manager Kevin Bond will leave QPR when his contract expires at the end of this month.

The name's Bond... Kevin Bond. Credit: PA

The Championship club on Wednesday announced the imminent departure of Bond, who joined Rangers as part of former manager Harry Redknapp's coaching staff in November 2012.

Chris Ramsey succeeded Redknapp in February and was appointed on a permanent basis despite QPR's relegation from the Premier League.

QPR said on their website:

Kevin Bond will leave QPR when his contract expires at the end of this month.

The 58 year-old, who joined Rangers as part of former manager Harry Redknapp's backroom team in November 2012, will depart when his current deal concludes on June 30.

The club would like to place on the record its thanks to Kevin for his services to QPR and wish him well for the future. A further announcement regarding Chris Ramsey's backroom team will be made in due course.


Southampton have no interest in Austin

Austin won't be heading to Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton have no interest in signing Charlie Austin from QPR, Press Association Sport understands.

The 25-year-old is being strongly linked with a move from Loftus Road after impressing during an ultimately disappointing campaign for the west Londoners.

Austin netted 18 goals in his maiden Premier League season and the QPR striker is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs, including Newcastle, West Ham and Chelsea.

Southampton have also been mentioned as a potential destination, but Press Association Sport understands he will not be moving to St Mary's this summer.

Contrary to reports, Saints have not made a bid for Austin and they do not have any interest in the striker whose form recently led to a first England call-up.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis targets QPR winger

Phillips impressed during QPR's relegation to the Championship. Credit: PA

West Brom are keen on signing Matty Phillips but will need to pay QPR more than £5m for the winger, according to the Birmingham Mail.

Scottish winger Phillips was a rare bright spark for relegated Rangers in 2015, topping the Premier League's assists chart for the calendar year.

Chris Ramsey played an instrumental role in transforming his fortunes after replacing Harry Redknapp, for whom Phillips had become nothing more than a squad player.

While Ramsey is determined to keep his most creative player on board for QPR's Championship campaign, he has privately accepted Phillips is likely to remain in the Premier League.

The 24 year-old joined QPR from Blackpool for £5m in August 2013.

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