In a deal that has seemed to have taken an age, with 40 minutes to go on deadline day, QPR have finally clinched the signing of Bobby Zamora from Fulham, for what is reported to be a two and a half year deal costing around £4.5 million.
Zamora has joined forces once more with his former Manager from Fulham, Mark Hughes. He joined Fulham in 2008 and scored 91 goals for the Cottagers in all competitions, in a spell which led him winning a full England cap in 2010.
Zamora started his trade at West Ham as a youngster before moving to Bristol Rovers. Following loan spells at Bath and Brighton. His move to Brighton became permanent in 2000 and 70 goals in 119 appearances led him getting a not so successful move to Spurs in which he made just 16 appearances. In 2003, he moved across London to West Ham before moving to Fulham in 2008.
On his second striker signing of the day, Mark Hughes told the Official QPR Website;
'Bobby is a guy that makes things happen on the pitch, be it scoring goals or creating chances for others. He's a great foil for any team. We needed a player of his ilk at the Football Club and I couldn't be more delighted.
He was the difference for us at Fulham last season. He came back from injury and he made such an impact in the second half of the campaign. He's got great power and pace and his technical ability is top class. He's got an excellent left foot.'
Bobby Zamora himself told the Official QPR Website;
'QPR are certainly a Club that are looking to go forward. That's something that I'm looking forward to being a part of. I got on really well with the Manager at Fulham. We all grew to like Mark. I think that will be the case here. He's looking to take the Club forward.
I think this was the right time for me to have a fresh challenge. I had some great experiences at Fulham. Going to a European final is special. But this is a new challenge for myself and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it. The ambition of the Club was certainly a drawing factor as well.
I've been lucky enough to speak to Tony (Fernandes) and Phil's (Beard) relayed a lot of messages about where this Club want to go.
For me, it was quite an easy decision to be a part of this. The sky's the limit. We're looking to go forward and to grow and I want to be a part of that.'
Zamora will wear the number 52 shirt for the R's
All of us at Lofty Heights would like to wish Bobby Zamora all the very best of luck during his time here and offer a very big Welcome to QPR!!!