January 3

Queens Park Rangers prepare for Austin exit with signing of new striker

first_img New QPR signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas Queens Park Rangers have begun to plan for life without Charlie Austin, with the club announcing they have signed striker Jay Emmanuel-Thomas on a three-year deal.Austin will almost certainly leave the London club this summer following their relegation from the Premier League, with Liverpool, Newcastle United and West Ham linked as possible destinations.And 24-year-old Emmanuel-Thomas has been drafted in to aid Rangers in their quest for another instant return to the top flight.The forward helped Bristol City to League One victory and promotion to the Championship last season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions, but was not offered a new deal by the Robins.Head coach Chris Ramsey told the club’s official website: “I’ve always admired Jay from afar and I’m really delighted we’ve reached an agreement to bring him here.“There was a lot of hype surrounding him when he was a young player at Arsenal, and although he’s had a very steady career since then, this is now a real opportunity for him to really kick on at QPR.“We’ll give him the platform to play and express himself. He’s got flair, he’s a good runner with the ball and he’s got great versatility.“He is already a very good player, but his potential to keep improving is fantastic.”The 24-year-old joins Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin at Loftus Road. 1last_img read more