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Thursday 14 December 2017

QPR the big spenders on deadline day as Best snubs Celtic loan

QPR: Manager Mark Hughes led the way on a relatively low-key transfer deadline day by bringing in strikers Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse in a bid to boost their Barclays Premier League fortunes.

Zamora, 31, was reunited with former Fulham boss Mark Hughes after signing a two-and-a-half-year contract for an initial fee of £4.5million, which will rise based on performances.

"QPR are certainly a club that are looking to go forward," he said after signing from the Cottagers. "That's something that I'm looking forward to being a part of. I got on really well with the manager at Fulham (and) he's looking to take the club forward.

"I think this was the right time for me to have a fresh challenge."

Zamora was the second arrival at the club on deadline day following former Liverpool and Sunderland striker Cisse's £4.1m move from Lazio.

CELTIC: Irish striker Leon Best turned down a possible loan move to Celtic in the dying moments of the January transfer window.

Neil Lennon made a bold bid to nab the Newcastle striker on loan until the summer with the possibility at that point of a permanent move.

Celtic were allowed speak with Best, a target for the Bhoys in 2010 but it appears that the player rejected the deal for family reasons.

"It is a big thing for me and it is a new step in my career, a step forward," said Croatia international Jelavic, who scored 36 times in just 55 appearances for Rangers and 40 goals in 93 games for Rapid Vienna.

TOTTENHAM: Frenchman Saha has been offered a new start at Tottenham after Harry Redknapp gave the injury-troubled forward, 34 this summer, a short-term deal.

Negotiations between White Hart Lane and the Merseyside club also allowed midfielder Steven Pienaar to return to the Toffees on loan a year after leaving them.

Redknapp was also hoping to wrap up a deal for Blackburn centre-back Ryan Nelsen, who has played once since last April, after allowing defenders Vedran Corluka (Bayer Leverkusen) and Sebastian Bassong (Wolves) to go out on loan and reaching an agreement with Lokomotiv Moscow over the sale of striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

FULHAM: Zamora's replacement at Craven Cottage was Stuttgart's Pavel Pogrebnyak, who arrived on a six-month deal, while Chelsea signed teenager Patrick Bamford from Nottingham Forest in their second deal of the day after sending 20-year-old Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne back on loan to Genk after he had signed a five-and-a-half-year deal.

Sunderland: The Black Cats signed Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge and Wolfsburg's former Liverpool defender Sotirios Kyrgiakos on loan while Blackburn brought in former Halmstad winger Marcus Olsson, the twin brother of Rovers' Swedish wide man Martin, and QPR defender Bradley Orr.

Arsenal: The Gunners signed 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund midfielder Thomas Eisfeld and allowed Japanese midfielder Ryo Miyaichi, 19, to go on loan to Bolton.

Manchester City: Roberto Mancini signed Roma's 32-year-old Chilean midfielder David Pizarro on loan.

But there was no late escape for Manchester City's wantaway forward Carlos Tevez as interest from the Continent failed to manifest itself into anything stronger to leave the Argentina international in limbo again.

MANCHESTER UTD: Alex Ferguson won the signature of Switzerland Under-19 captain Frederic Veseli (19), and allowed teenage midfielder Ravel Morrison to leave for West Ham on a three-and-a-half-year contract worth £650,000.

West Brom: The Baggies signed defender Liam Ridgewell from Birmingham.

Norwich: The Canaries brought in Peterborough defender Ryan Bennett.

NOTTS FOREST: Stoke allowed Danny Higginbotham to join npower Championship side Forest on loan.

Bolton: The Trotters belatedly confirmed the signing of Watford striker Marvin Sordell for an undisclosed fee, subject to clearance.

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