The latest chapter in Leroy Fer’s summer of speculation has seen the Sunday Mirror suggest Queens Park Rangers will offer a swap deal to Norwich City for the midfielder.

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The Holland international capped a summer which saw him score on his World Cup debut, before picking up a hamstring injury, by getting married at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Norwich yesterday.

But while his personal life looks stable, his professional life still seems unsure, with national newspapers also recently linking him with moves to Southampton and Sevilla.

The Sunday Mirror are claiming that QPR are keen to sign the 24-year-old this summer, as manager Harry Redknapp looks to strengthen his side ahead of the their return to the top flight.

The newspaper claims that Redknapp hopes to use former Wolves midfielder Karl Henry as a makeweight in the deal for Fer, who City signed from FC Twente last summer for a fee of around £4.5m.

That means the Dutchman still has three years to run on his contract with the Canaries, meaning Redknapp would still need to pay plenty of money, if City manager Neil Adams was interested in adding Henry to his squad.

With destructive midfielders Bradley Johnson and Alex Tettey already on board, it is debatable that Adams would see the 31-year-old as a worthwhile makeweight in the deal.

However the Mirror claim Redknapp already had one bid for Fer turned down last week and claim the former Spurs boss wants to add another six players to his squad before the transfer window closes at the end of August.

“We are still short, we have two strikers. We have Bobby (Zamora) and Charlie (Austin) but it is taking time. Hopefully in the next week or so we can put that right,” Redknapp is quoted as saying in the Mirror.

“We need some players there is no doubt about that, you can play any system you want but it takes a few good players, which we are short of, to make the difference.

“We’re trying to get things done, Tony (Fernandes, QPR owner) knows that obviously. You can’t go into a season with two strikers, Bobby is an off-the-bench man now and he knows that after what he did last season in the play-off final.

“We need a couple of midfield players. And we need a number 10.

“We need to strengthen the squad for sure. If we can get good loans we will take them, but they have to be better than you already have, that’s the key.

“We need a bit of quality, it is going to be a tough division this year. And we need that little bit of quality to keep us in there.”

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36 comments

  • If city has too sell then sell them for big money or the players stay put don't let them go cheap just to make 23 million look at what other players are being sold for.

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Don't take any exchange players they are players that are passed their best and want to unload them , they think that they can dump all there unwanted players on small clubs like poor old Norwich they will keen on take the money while they get the better end of the deal and we end up with their rubbish

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    DOBBY1970

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Karl Henry no way.

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Agree with sentiments that should Fer leave then Southampton would be a good choice. Rangers lucky promotion may save them financially. Tony Fernandes large cheque book stands between QPR and the drop. He can back Harry Redknapp and pay a big fee for ANY transfer. No point an international like Fer moving to relegation candidates like Rangers, better to stay here or join the Saints - who have plenty of money too.

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    Capri

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • 16M for chambers today. so what price Fer Norwich must ask big fees for stars, better still keep them.

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    Randy

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • No way do we need Karl Henry. Even though we have plenty of wingers, I'd take Junior Hoilett for Fer. Hands off Fer and go and annoy another club Harry.

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    mattncfc22

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I guess for him. a key consideration will be whether he can keep his place in the Netherlands squad playing second division. I would also expect the answer to probably be no.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Redknapp must think we're mugs! Why oh why would NA even consider a cart-horse like Karl Henry?!

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    Mellow_Yellow

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Come on Neil don't sell Leroy and, why on earth would he want to go to QPR they will struggle but just might survive JUST. As for KH in a px deal forget it, we do not need another has been if he ever was a been.

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    Egyptian canary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Karl Henry? Awful player. Cash only if it's QPR, please. Don't really need to replace Fer, as we have Johnson, Surman, Tettey & Howson vying for central midfield spots, not to mention Hoolahan. So if we are to sign a central midfielder we can afford to make it a good one - not Karl Henry!

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    Colin

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Ive been saying for a while that I personally think we will lose Fer on (or near) deadline day. We will be fed the "hes behind everyone in terms of fitness" line due to his extended leave following the World Cup, then as deadline day gets closer someone will panic and offer silly money. Im sure if he was offered a choice between QPR and Southampton, he'd go for Saints even if insane money was offered at QPR. Wait and see. From my own selfish POV, i'd love it if he didnt go anywhere and we kept him. Big player, in a big season where people appear to be getting there confidence back after it was drilled out of them under Hughton.

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    Mattias333

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • If that is true it must be the silliest offer yet in what is the transfer silly season! Like others here I also feel sure Fer will go but I trust for decent money and, for his sake, to a big club. With due respect to them I could not see him signing for the likes of QPR. It will be interesting to see who plays tonight and in which positions. Equally important I want to see a dramatic change of style from last season with an emphasis on attack and a mind-set that takes us into games looking to win them rather than avoiding defeat as per the dreadful Hughton era. Man U players have been told they must pass the ball accurately and with pace and to the players' stronger foot. Hope Adams is adopting the same strategy.

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    malaga flier

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • My understanding on Fer was he would be staying at Norwich as there will be interest from Van Gaal and Man Utd at a later date - maybe speculation difficult to sort the wheat from the chaff at this crazy pre-season stage. OTBC

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    johnnyp

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • It is probable Fer will end up at Southampton. In any case he will be going that's for sure, so it's probably better for the board to crank up his value to an acceptable level and get rid ASAP. At least we will have some decent money to invest in the squad. Similarly they should get rid of the non entities to make spaces in the squad and cut the wage bill down - but then we haven't heard yet which players are surplus to requirements.

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    VictorM

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Del boy ain't got nuffin on Arry boy, the spiv for dodgy goods, soiled and shoddy goods! Henry couldn't hold a place in QPR championship team, was in the Wolves team relegated to Div. 1, we need a 31 year old like a hole in the head. Just dump Henry in the rubbish skip with all the other rubbish and hasbeens Arry! Koeman is Dutch, Southampton rebuilding, if the price is right that is where he will go if he wants to go

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    blackdog2

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Fer is only going to one place Southampton, the manager Ronal Koolman has made enquires and is also Dutch.

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    Derek McDonald

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Ho-ho, Igno ;-) That`s a "no" then, folks?

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    Mad Brewer

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Take it from me you wouldn't want Karl "The Crab" Henry anywhere near your club! Harry is taking the proverbial!

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    Csidewolf

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Harry's having a laugh, you couldn't even get Karl Henry free with packet of cornflakes because you wouldn't want to pay his wages. QPR are going down anyway.

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    Canaryinslovenia

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Agree QPR would be a poor choice for Fer - sh!tty little club with sh!tty fans and a sh!tty stadium. I do not unfortunately think that we will keep Fer however and that someone will put in a late panic offer greater than 10m which will get accepted. Class act when he's fit. As for Karl Henry, go swing Harry. Would add nothing to the squad.

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    DJ_FRAMBOISE

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Even if Fer does go we are still in control of the circumstances. For a start we do not need to accept insulting offers from a cash rich but badly run club like QPR. They breached FFP rules last season and would have been facing a transfer embargo if not for their lucky play off promotion. Now they will be hit with just a fine, possibly £50m, which they will never pay because somebody forgot to include a rule about collection. Their strike force has relegation stamped all over it. Karl Henry is off the footballing skip. Other clubs however could make offers that need taking seriously and it might be best to do the deals sooner rather than late in to the window when finding replacements will be a futile exercise. Basically, it all comes down to havibg a strategy. Early on Adams said there was a wish list (well Joe said it) so are some players expendable in pursuance of those we want? Are some players definitely not going? Are some open to offers? I would like to think there is a plan. Preferably a cunning one.

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    Lincs Canary

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Fer WILL be sold, oh yes, he will be sold.

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    kenfoggo

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Leroy has had a fairly miserable season in a team struggling against relegation under an underwhelming manager. Does he REALLY want to repeat the whole sorry thing by going to QPR?

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    PaulWho

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Nice one waclor, but remember Uncle Joe is only a call away. They can always con Fer on the H0mophone.

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    Igno Rance

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Hands up all those who think Fer will fly.

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    waclor

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Now that Uncle Joe Royle has picked up his long service medal and departed to Everton, (when is his testimonial game by the way?), we must need a replacement. To save money why not appoint Chris Hughton as consultant as I suppose we are still paying him anyway. Just a thought.

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    waclor

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • QPR is a poor option. A group of mercenaries feeding on Tony Fernandes' $650 M and a manager who is not going to be staying long; he would have retired if they missed promotion. The trade-in suggestion is a complete joke, real money or nothing, no IOUs, promissory notes or superannuated bench warmers.

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    Swiss Canary

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • .......... at least getting married in St John the Baptist might just pull on the emotional ties Leroy .......... cmon lad, stay here, settle down, make a name for yourself and you'll be a folklore hero when we're back in the Premier League .......... hup hup Holland !

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    nevermindthedanger

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Come on 'arry, yer 'aving a larf ! Now sling yer 'ook - Fer's staying 'ere !!

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    Ethiopian Canary

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • 31? He looks about 43...If we have to sell Fer it's cash only 'arry...part-ex not available on this one my old china plate !

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    Timbo

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Thanks but no thanks, 'arry!!

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    Kent Anglian

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • I do wish these journos would take a long holiday and give us all a break. These rumours have gone beyond silly they are farcical. For goodness sake this is ridiculous. As if we would consider exchanging a rolls royce for an old banger!! Whatever next.

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    Canarygirl

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • How do these clubs like QPR and Liverpool exist within the 25 player squad. Liverpool seem to have signed six or seven new players already in this window with Suarez the only notable player who has left. How can they legitimately accommodate all these players - and they still want to sign more.

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    VictorM

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • How about exchanging RVW for Austin. See what Harry thinks of that idea.

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    sharky

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • He only made 14 appearances for QPR last season although he did captain Wolves a couple of seasons ago. Probably available on a free in a few weeks.

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    cutty

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

  • Does anyone on these forums work for BT? Might be an idea to ensure that all communications to Carrow Road are down until the end of August? Organise yourself with a postie as well to stop the mail would be good. And possibly a couple of bouncers outside to stop any couriers for good measure. Need to make sure we see through the Summer with the squad intact. ;-)

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    LittleYellowBirdie

    Sunday, July 27, 2014

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