QPR REJECT BID

QPR have been one of the active clubs in the January transfer window with the former Blackburn Rovers defender Christopher Samba being the most high-profile signing.

The defender was brought to the club for a transfer fee of £ 12 million, which has been questioned by many due to his age. The 28-year-old has signed a multi-year contract with QPR, but the manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that the club could have made an instant profit on the player after they received a massive bid from an unnamed Russian club immediately after his arrival.

Redknapp has revealed that he gave the decision-making process to the chairman Tony Fernandes, who then refused to sell the player. The defender has not only been brought from massive transfer fee, but he is also known wages believed to be in the region of £ 100,000 per week. Fernandes has been pumping a lot of money into the club since taking over a few years ago. Under his regime, the club has brought in 28 different players in the last two years.

Despite the massive turnaround of players, QPR still remain in the bottom position of the league. Samba has vast knowledge of playing in the Premier league after he spent four years at Blackburn Rovers before moving to Russia.

"We had an offer for Samba right on the deadline and the chairman turned it down. We had an offer of more money than what we paid for Samba. The chairman asked me 'what do you think?' and I said 'it is up to you, it is your club, it is your decision'. I left it to the chairman. He came back and said he had turned it down and said 'get on with it'. The player probably spoke to the chairman but it was really important we kept him," said Redknapp.

REDKNAPP CHASING NEW FACES

The QPR manager Harry Redknapp has revealed that he will have to take a few gambles when it comes to the January transfer window in order to get the team out of relegation trouble. QPR will be playing against West Brom and Liverpool during the Christmas period. The club come into the Christmas period on the back of the 1-0 defeat suffered against Newcastle.

QPR only recently managed to get their first win of the season in the home match against Fulham. They were expected to build on the victory, but they lost against Newcastle in the subsequent match.

This has led to a rant from the manager Harry Redknapp, who recently blasted his overpaid players. Due to the bloated squad with a number of high-paid players, they are unwilling to make the shift in necessary to get the team out of relegation trouble according to the manager.

Hence, he is expected to bring a few of his own players during the January transfer window in a bid to revive the fortunes of the club. Redknapp previously said that the prospect of spending money in January depended upon the position of the club in the Christmas period. They currently lie in the 19th position just a few points below safety.

"I will be taking some chances now in the window, some will, hopefully they will come off but there is no guarantee because I'm not going to be able to go out and pay 30, 25 million pounds for a guaranteed Van Persie or some fantastic player with great character or whatever. I've got to take some gambles. We have got to be ready now for West Brom and Liverpool, two difficult games, but good home games," said Redknapp ahead of the Christmas period. The club has won just one Premier league match this season.

RESULTS WILL IMPROVE

The QPR defender Anton Ferdinand has said that he is confident that the results will improve under the manager Mark Hughes. The former Manchester City and Fulham manager has come under intense criticism of late due to the poor results at the start of the season for the West London team.

QPR spent a lot of money in getting several high profile players like Park Ji sung and José Bosingwa in the summer, but they are yet to win their first Premier league match of the season despite having played 10 matches. The QPR owner Tony Fernandes has constantly said that he remains in full support of the manager.

However, there have been doubts that the former Blackburn manager Mark Hughes will be sacked if results do not improve before Christmas. This would give Tony Fernandes the opportunity to bring in another manager who will have the ability to change players in the January transfer window. The 27-year-old QPR defender Anton Ferdinand, though, has stated that Rome was not built in a day. Hence, he expects results to improve gradually. Anton Ferdinand has been the focus for QPR this season due to the racist issues surrounding him and John Terry. Ferdinand, though, has said that he has put behind the problems.

“The criticism our manager is getting is unfair. We are working hard for the club and trying to relieve that pressure on him. But people really need to get a sense of perspective, Rome wasn’t built in a day. We have brought in a lot of new players and it takes time to come together as a team. We have had plenty of injuries which means the gaffer has had to change the team even more," said Ferdinand. QPR will be up against newly promoted Southampton during the weekend.

GOOD SCORING FROM QPR

The QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt has said that he is extremely happy to be on good scoring form in the last few matches, but has said that he would rather be on the winning side rather than on the losing side scoring numerous goals.

The 23-year-old midfielder is regarded as one of the best within the QPR scored. The Moroccan midfielder proved his worth to the London club after scoring his second goal in as many games in a 3-2 defeat against West Brom during the weekend. As result of this defeat, QPR still remain bottom of the Premier league table with only two points on the board.

This has increased the pressure on the manager Mark Hughes, who has recently received the dreaded vote of confidence from the owner of the club, Tony Fernandes. He has said that Mark Hughes retains his complete faith irrespective of the result and is prepared to give him more time in order to get the results. Adel Taarabt has been on the fine goalscoring form in recent matches, but has said that he would rather win matches instead of scoring goals. QPR will be facing Everton and Arsenal after the return of the domestic football.

"I was pleased with the goals, but it’s more important to win games. At the moment, we aren’t doing that. Scoring is good for my confidence, but it would be better if I scored and we won. We just need to start winning games and going up the table, bit by bit. Then I’ll be more happy. We have two weeks where we have to work hard, focus and, hopefully, we can get then our first win of the season against Everton," said the Moroccan midfielder after the West Brom match. QPR have just taken two points from the two draws so far.

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TERRY FIGHTS FA CHARGE

The Chelsea defender John Terry has decided to fight the FA charge that has been placed upon him after he was found alleged to have racially abused the QPR defender Anton Ferdinand. Even though a court trial decided that John Terry was not guilty, the English football Association had decided otherwise and will be conducting a thorough investigation into the matter. John Terry was given time to respond to the FA charge and he has decided to contest the charge. The 31-year-old defender is alleged to have abused the QPR defender when the two clubs met with each other last season.

As a result of this allegations, John Terry had to lose his place as the captain of the national team. However, he travelled with the England national squad to the Euro 2012 and played a sterling job in helping the team reached the quarter-final stage. The former England manager Fabio Capello was extremely dissatisfied with the decision taken by the English FA to strip John Terry of the captaincy. He resigned from his post soon afterwards. After many weeks of trial, John Terry was finally cleared by the court of not racially abusing the QPR defender, but he faces even sterner test in the form of the FA charge.

"It is alleged that this included a reference to the ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race of Ferdinand," said a statement on the official website of the English FA. "Chelsea Football Club notes and, of course, we respect the decision of the magistrate today. We are pleased John can now put his mind to football, go back to training and do what he has been doing for many years," said the Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck after the announcement that John Terry was not guilty of racial abuse by the court trial.

ANTON KEEPS CALM

QPR defender and brother of Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand – Anton Ferdinand – has refused to criticise the decision taken by England manager Roy Hodgson to omit his brother from the squad that travelled to the Euro 2012.

This has become a major issue in England after many have suspected that Roy Hodgson has decided to leave Rio Ferdinand in favour of Chelsea captain and defender John Terry, according to the Man Utd news website. It was very much expected that there would be a lot of animosity in the England dressing room if both these players were taken together. The 33-year-old Rio Ferdinand has been in excellent form for Manchester United in the last few weeks of the campaign.

Anton Ferdinand, though, refused to criticise the decision taken by Roy Hodgson because he felt that it was not a decision taken on the skin colour, but a decision taken based on the level of playing in recent seasons. Rio Ferdinand has suffered a number of injury problems for Manchester United this season. It has also been one of the reasons for Manchester United failing to win a trophy for the first time in four seasons. Ferdinand has said that he has forgotten the incident with Fernando Torres's team-mate because he has moved on in life.

"Things happen in football. It's a game of ups and downs. I am sure he'd like to be there but sadly it didn't happen this time. But we move on and, like he said, he's going to follow them from somewhere else and, as a family and as a community, we're going to do that," Anton Ferdinand told Daybreak.

"It might be an issue - but it's an issue I'm happy to talk about when the tournament is over maybe. We are here to talk about the tournament and about the future and that's it," said FA chairman David Bernstein.

UNDERMINED BY TERRY SAGA

It is unfortunate that Anton Ferdinand, who has had a solid first season for relegation survivors QPR, will be better remembered for his confrontation with Chelsea captain John Terry rather than any of his performances this season.

Terry who stands trial in July is accused of racially abusing Ferdinand during a QRP home game in October. Since this event Ferdinand has received what he described as “extreme treatment” since accusing Terry of the racial abuse.

Ferdinand has not only suffered at the hands of cruelty in the shape of terrace chants but more threatening and sinister forms of victimisation has occurred in the forms of personal letters and death threats aimed at the 27 year old defender. Anton Ferdinand has done well not to let this get the better of him and continues to behave in a dignified and professional manner, but he has spoken out on how black player who have been at the centre of these racism disputes have been treated, by fans and the press.

The QPR defender has been strongly supported by older brother and Manchester United player Rio Ferdinand, whose teammate Patrice Evra was racially abused by Liverpool striker Suarez. Had Rio not been injured late in the season England Manager Roy Hodgson would have had a difficult decision to make on picking Terry and Ferdinand together after the unsavoury situation with Rio’s brother.

Regardless of the decision that Terry receives in July, it would be a disgrace to see the abuse directed at Anton Ferdinand continue and should Terry be found guilty, there needs to be a significant punishment installed to take this out of football for good as it has been a far too common feature this season and needs properly addressing by the FA.

FERDINAND RECEIVES DEATH-THREATS

QPR manager Neil Warnock has said that Anton Ferdinand has just fled his home after receiving a number of deaths from angry Chelsea supporters. A confrontation has been going on between QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and Chelsea captain John Terry over alleged racism.

It is thought that John Terry provoked Anton Ferdinand with racist abuse during their 1-0 win a few months ago. The FA and the London police have charged John Terry regarding this issue, but it seems that Chelsea fans recognise that John Terry has done no wrong. Anton Ferdinand has been receiving death threats on Twitter, but it has been taken to another new level after the former Sunderland star had to leave his home in order to protect himself.

Chelsea lost the match 1-0 and there were some high tensions during the match. Chelsea had seven players booked and two players sent off in the match. Even though there has not been any official evidence showing John Terry racially abusing Anton Ferdinand, the former Sunderland defender has said that John Terry did abuse him racially. John Terry seems to have recovered from the issue since then, as he has been playing regularly. However, Anton Ferdinand has not been able to do the same for QPR, as many regard him to have cheated in this issue.

“He’s had a lot on his plate, really. You never know how things like this affect people. Before the [Manchester] City game, he had to move out of his house at 8pm - so that was not a good preparation for him. There were all sorts of things going on behind the scenes. I felt sorry for him,” QPR manager Neil Warnock said regarding the predicament faced by Anton Ferdinand over the alleged racist abuse from John Terry.

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