QPR sign striker Conor Washington from Peterborough
By Paul Vinnell
Last Updated: 20/01/16 8:57am
QPR have signed striker Conor Washington from Peterborough United on a three-and-a-half-year contract.
The fee is undisclosed, but Sky sources understand Rangers have paid between £2.5m and £3m for his services.
Washington, who goes straight into the squad to face Wolves this weekend, will wear the No 9 shirt. He is a straight replacement for Charlie Austin, who was sold to Southampton for £4m.
Washington has scored 15 goals for Posh this season, with 14 in his last 19 games.
He told the club's website: "As a striker, having someone like Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink here as manager was a massive pull for me. He's been there, seen it and done it at the very highest level and that can only benefit me as a player.
"I feel I've improved as a player over the last 18 months. My mentality has changed and I'm a better player for it. But I also feel there's a lot more to come from me and I believe I can properly go on to fulfil my potential at QPR.
"I know I've still got a long way to go in my development but I'm relishing the chance to prove my worth. I've proved I can do it at every level I've played at so far, so I don't see any reason why I can't do it here with QPR.
"I can't wait to pull on the QPR shirt and show the fans what I'm capable of."
Washington is Hasselbaink's first signing as QPR boss and he likes what he sees in the striker.
"Conor is a player I've admired for a while now, so I'm delighted he's agreed to join us," he said.
"I've seen first-hand what he's capable of and his all-round game has always impressed me. Of course he's still got a lot to learn - he's by no means the finished article - but I am convinced he has what it takes to succeed at a higher level with us.
"He's raw, he's hungry, he's determined. He's quick and he's versatile, which is important. He can play on his own up there; in a two; or on the shoulder of another striker. He's got great pace to get in behind and that's something we need when you look at our current attacking options.
"Importantly, he's got the right mentality to be a QPR player. He is relishing the opportunity to play for this club and he wants to wear the shirt with pride."