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Warnock wants leading men

QPR manager Neil Warnock has highlighted a need to bring "leaders" to Loftus Road during the January transfer window.

The club have endured a tumultuous campaign since their return to the Premier League, winning three times on the road but just once at home. QPR currently lie two points above the relegation zone, in 16th spot, and Warnock has been vociferous in his need for new players, especially those that can shine during tough times.

He said: "I don't think we have enough leaders. That is one department I am looking to bring players in. You can get leaders on the pitch and you can see certain players [which make you envious]. We do have one or two here, but I probably have to look at using them a little more than I do."

Warnock added: "In the past it has always been a priority to check a player's character. But when you look at players at home and abroad it is impossible to do all your checks on every aspect of them. You go with your gut feeling really."

The west Londoners' need for new blood and increased transfer funds have seen them linked to a host of players ahead of the window reopening.

Warnock does not expect any incoming players before the trip to Newcastle on January 15 and on Friday quashed speculation linking QPR with moves for Bristol City striker Nicky Maynard, Barcelona's Alexander Hleb and Fulham frontman Bobby Zamora.

When asked about the latter, Warnock said: "Are we not after Fulham striker Andy Johnson as well? I saw that one last week.

"It is not for me to talk about other people's players. I have got enough on my own plate trying to get players in."

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