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Chris Baird snubs QPR to join Reading

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

Fulham defender Chris Baird
Fulham defender
Chris Baird
Chris Baird
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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