Belfast Telegraph

Traore poised for QPR move

Arsenal defender Armand Traore was undergoing a medical at QPR on Monday, Press Association Sport understands.

Traore has made just one Barclays Premier League appearance for the Gunners in the last 15 months - Sunday's 8-2 defeat to Manchester United - and appears to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium despite the club's lack of defensive cover.

The left-back, who joined Arsenal from Monaco in 2005, is behind Kieran Gibbs in the Gunners' pecking order and has spent time on loan at Juventus and Portsmouth over the last three seasons.

He will undergo tests at QPR and could become the third signing of the Tony Fernandes era.

Since his takeover of the Loftus Road club, Fernandes has bankrolled the signings of Joey Barton and Luke Young while Shaun Wright-Phillips could also join from Manchester City before Wednesday night's transfer deadline.

Neil Warnock's side have had a mixed start to their first Premier League season in 15 years. Last year's npower Championship winners were hammered 4-0 by Bolton on the opening day, bounced back to beat Everton at Goodison Park but lost 2-0 at Wigan on Saturday.

The former Sheffield United boss has constantly spoke of his need to sign more players and is hoping to add three new faces to his squad before Wednesday night.

"We're going to be very, very busy," Warnock told "I want at least three more players in before the deadline if we can. Tony (Fernandes) is in Malaysia and we're speaking about so many players. He's so excited - he was desperate to do the deals yesterday!"

Warnock cannot wait to include Barton and Young in his team after both were signed too late to receive clearance to play at the DW Stadium at the weekend.

"It was frustrating not having a couple of the new lads available at Wigan on Saturday, but it's a long-term project here," the 62-year-old said. "If we can get a few more in it will give us a great chance to get to Christmas before we can reassess and see what we need then."


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