Fernandes out, defender and maybe two strikers in at QPR

Tony Fernandes is set to step down at QPR, who are ready to sign Angel Rangel and are targeting loan deals deals for two strikers.

West London Sport reports that Fernandes is set to quit as co-chairman with Amit Bhatia being lined up to replace him, that ex-Swansea defender Rangel is coming in on a short-term deal while Darnell Furlong is out, and that Rangers are targeting the loan signings of Burnley forward Nahki Wells and Brighton’s Tomer Hemed.

West London Sport also reports that Rangers manager Steve McClaren’s first-choice signing is Chris Martin but there are doubts over the Derby striker’s fitness.

QPR chief executive Lee Hoos gave a strong indication this week that the club will use the loan market to strengthen the squad before the end of the month.

German defender Toni Leistner, signed from FC Union Berlin, was Rangers’ only addition to the first-team squad during the transfer window.

But the loan window remains open until 31 August and Hoos has assured fans that Rangers will look to bring players in.

“I understand their disappointment that we have not added any further players since the arrival of Toni from Union Berlin,” Hoos told the club website.

“However, the early closure of the transfer window this summer significantly changes the landscape and this can be used to our benefit. We are looking to bring loan players in. We can do this until the end of August.

“Clubs who were looking to sell their players on permanent deals will now be looking to loan them out, whereas prior to the window closing this was not an option they were considering.

“We will be looking to add to the squad. We are aware of the areas that need strengthening and we are looking to do that while in keeping with the club’s financial parameters.”

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