Queens Park Rangers managed Harry Redknapp has swooped to seal the deal for Gary O’Neil to join the Hoops on a free transfer after his release from West Ham. The Englishman rejected a new deal at Upton Park and had offers on the table before the QPR chief made his move.
The former Portsmouth and Middlesbrough midfielder who played under the Redknapp whilst plying his trade at Fratton Park becomes the club’s fifth summer signing after the captures of Richard Dunne, Danny Simpson, Karl Henry and yesterday’s addition of Charlie Austin.
The central midfielder will be a very good addition to the squad, through his versatility, his experience over the 340 games he has played in his career and his technical ability which saw him play in the top tier if English football. With Queens Park Rangers still trying to offload players who are on mammoth wages from last season’s disappointing relegation, it remains to be seen whether midfielders such as Stephane MBia, Jermaine Jenas and Estaben Granero so the signing of ONeil provides cover across the midfield which will be essential in a league which has become one of the toughest and most competitive across Europe.
As boss Harry Redknapp completes his fifth signing of the summer, he looks to have brought in players with experience and players who will be willing to work hard to achieve the success that owner Tony Fernandes wants this coming season. It will be interesting to see who Redknapp brings in to Loftus Road and who goes through the exit door before the transfer window slams shut on the 2nd September.