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Chris Baird snubs QPR to join Reading

last updated Saturday 21st September 2013, 10:55 AM


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Former Fulham player Chris Baird has snubbed QPR to join Championship rivals Reading.

The former Fulham defender has been training with Harry Redknapp's side for more than a month and was offered a contract at Loftus Road.

Rangers tried to push through the signing yesterday, only for the Royals to hijack the deal and make the Northern Irishman a better offer.

It comes as a big blow for Redknapp, who has just two fit centre-backs for tomorrow's trip to Yeovil after Nedum Onuoha was ruled out with a serious hamstring injury.

But the former Spurs chief insists QPR did all they could to land the versatile 31-year-old.

"I tried to sign him yesterday but he's gone to Reading," Redknapp confirmed.

"He would've been perfect for us. We made him a decent offer and were hoping to get it done, then got a phone call to say he's gone to Reading.

"I don't know what happened. He obviously got offered more money at Reading and decided to go there.

"We made him a very fair offer and couldn't have done any more."

Redknapp is desperate to bolster his backline and is also scouring the loan market to bring in a striker following injuries to Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson.

He added: "We're looking around for one or two players. We need a central defender and at least one striker."























Source Jacob Murtagh at The Mirror

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