Who are the safe pair of hands that QPR require?
The rumours keep spiralling around which keeper Queens Park Rangers will sign this summer to replace current stopper Paddy Kenny who is believed to be reunited with former boss Neil Warnock at Leeds.
Rumours have chopped and changed within recent weeks between three replacement keepers: Ben Foster, Shay Given and Rob Green are all up for grabs but which keeper would fit better into the squad and help QPR the most in their fight to prove themselves in the Premier League?
It was reported by the Mail that Mark Hughes was prepared to cough up £5m of Tony Fernandes’ money for Ben Foster rather than taking Green on a free. Former Manchester United man Foster spent last season on loan at West Brom and is keen to stay in the Premier League, rather than to return to Championship side Birmingham City. The 29 year old is the youngest amongst the three potentials which could be a factor for the R’s to make an investment in the stopper. Foster still has a year on his contract at St. Andrews, and although the midlands club are prepared to let him leave they will demand a £5m asking price for their keepers services. Foster displays great distribution and would control the defence around him well at QPR which will greatly benefit the side who came close to relegation last season.
Yet it has also been previously reported that Rangers were prepared to launch a £3 bid for Aston Villa keeper Shay Given. However these rumours have died down since his performance for Republic of Ireland during their campaign in the European Championships demonstrating a lack of confidence between the posts. But with what we have witnessed recently with the signing of Ryan Nelsen and Andy Johnson, Mark Hughes appears to enjoy a good reunion, this could be an inherent factor of why Given should make the move down to the capital to join Loftus Road.
Finally Rob Green is also entered into the equation. The England goalkeeper, 32, is a free agent after West Ham refused to meet his pay demands and failed to agree a new contract. It is rumoured that QPR representatives flew out to the Euros to attempt to finalise an agreement with the England keeper. Although a good keeper day in, day out for the Hammers, many find it difficult to forget and forgive that disastrous mistake Green made during his international spell for England against the USA fumbling the ball into his own net from Clint Dempsey’s poor effort.
Foster appears to be the favourite amongst many R’s fans as he is the younger option and all round a very structured, organised and strong keeper. He would be a more valued keeper at the club due to his opportunity to serve longer for Rangers and is an experienced Premier League goalkeeper. Alternatively I believe that Rob Green is the favourites among the board members and would not be surprised if the club announce today that Green will stand his part between the posts for Queens Park Rangers next season.
Paddy Kenny played tremendous last season as he stood up to the Premier League stage after their promotion and took it on head first as a challenge. Kenny was a great attribute to QPR’s survival however Rangers need to look into the future of the club and need to establish themselves as a worthy facet to the Premier League and require an agile and buoyant keeper to stand foot in their team.
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