QPR seal Taarabt loan
QPR have beaten off competition to sign Adel Taarabt on a season-long loan from Tottenham.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 23/07/09 1:12pm
Queens Park Rangers have beaten off competition to sign Adel Taarabt on a season-long loan from Tottenham.
The midfielder enjoyed a successful loan spell at Loftus Road towards the end of last term which saw him end up on the losing side just twice in seven games.
The 20-year-old initially arrived at Spurs on loan from French club Lens in January 2007 with big things expected of the Moroccan.
Although he has shown glimpses of his talent at White Hart Lane Taarabt is yet to live up to the hype that surrounded his arrival and manager Harry Redknapp has agreed to let the midfielder leave on loan once more.
QPR boss Jim Magilton only took charge in the summer but he was all too aware of Taarabt's impact on the squad last season.
"I've seen Adel play plenty of times and I know he's a player of undoubted ability," he told the club's official website.
"He's a match winner on his day and will bring added competition to the squad. The fact we have been able to agree a deal to bring in someone of Adel's quality shows the sort of direction this club is heading in.
"If you can encourage a squad player from the Premier League to take the drop down to the Championship, then it shows what your intentions are.
"He will benefit from playing regularly and, given a run in the side, I am sure he will give us another dimension.
"Make no mistake, we are all very ambitious here - none more so than the players - and Adel's arrival will bring vital competition for places which is needed for any squad that has ambitions to challenge."