October 21 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Leroy Fer’s £10m transfer to Queens Park Rangers has been confirmed by Norwich City, with the Canaries describing the move as a ‘club record transfer agreement’.
News leaked at the weekend that QPR were on the verge of signing the Holland international midfielder and it was reported yesterday that the 24-year-old was in London for a medical with the Premier League new boys.
City have now confirmed the deal has been completed, with a statement on the club’s official website reading: “The club would like to place on record its thanks to Leroy for his services and wish him well for the future.”
Officially the fee has been reported by both clubs as being undisclosed but it is understood QPR will pay £8million and the balance linked to the terms of Fer’s original move 12 months ago from FC Twente. City are also believed to have negotiated a 20% sell-on clause for any future transfer of the powerful midfielder.
Fer has signed a three-year deal with the Rs and been handed the number 10 shirt at Loftus Road.
Rangers manager Harry Redknapp told his club’s official website: “Leroy’s arrival is a massive boost for us. He’s another excellent signing and I’m delighted we’ve been able to get him to QPR.
“He played for Holland in the World Cup this summer and has all the attributes you’d be looking for from a central midfielder.
“He’s just an outstanding midfield player – great physique, fine ability, he gets box-to-box. I’m really looking forward to integrating him into the squad.”
Fer, who applauded all four sides of Carrow Road after a substitute appearance in City’s 3-0 win against Watford, told his new club’s website: “I can’t wait to get started here. It was always my dream to stay in England, in the Premier League. QPR did well last season to come up and the squad is full of top players, so I’m delighted to be here.
“Harry told me I was a big target for him and when you hear that from a coach, you want to work with them and play for them.
“I’m just looking forward to showing what I’m capable of here at QPR.”
The transfer continues a busy afternoon for the Canaries, following the signing of former Rangers and Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar on a free transfer and the announcement of a new contract for centre-back Michael Turner.
Cuellar, 32, has signed after being released by Sunderland earlier in the summer and signs a one-year deal, with an option for a further year.
While Turner’s new deal extends his contract with the Canaries through until the summer of 2016.
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