QPR target Ridgewell deal

Warnock enters race for wantaway defender

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 31/08/11 9:51am

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Skysports.com understands Queens Park Rangers are lining up a beat-the-deadline move for Birmingham defender Liam Ridgewell.

Ridgewell is hoping to leave Birmingham and he handed in a transfer request on Tuesday in a bid to force a move away from the club.

Birmingham are reluctant to part with Ridgewell and have turned down his request as they look to keep hold of the former Aston Villa man.

Swansea are believed to have had a loan request for Ridgewell rejected earlier this week as they seek defensive cover after losing Alan Tate to injury.

Celtic, West Brom and Stoke have all been credited with an interest in Ridgewell this summer, but now QPR have entered the race for the player.

The 27-year-old's versatility in that he can play in central defence as well as left-back makes him an attractive proposition to QPR boss Neil Warnock.

Warnock is keen to bolster his squad before Wednesday's deadline and he is hoping to lure Ridgewell to Loftus Road.

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