Ntep can be the perfect signing for QPR

Georges-Ntep could be the perfect signing for Rangers manager Redknapp.

QPR are closing in on the signing of Auxerre’s France Under-21 international Paul Georges-Ntep, according to reports in the national media.

The Daily Mail report that Harry Redknapp’s Championship side are leading the race for Georges-Ntep, ahead of Arsenal and Serie A side AS Roma, and have opened talks with the player.

Georges-Ntep is a quick, powerful and technically astute forward, whose emergence with the Ligue 2 side this season has been sudden and impressive. He has scored seven goals in 17 matches for his club this season, as well as five goals in five Under-21 matches.

The 21-year-old is capable of playing as an out-and-out centre forward, and in a range of positions across the front.

He can also play as a wide man, and it may well be this versatility which has attracted the attention of QPR.

Redknapp desperately wants to bolster his attacking options for an all-out assault on automatic promotion to the Premier League. Charlie Austin remains QPR’s only reliable fit striker, and the Hoops have been struggling for goals all season.

Arsene Wenger is also in the market for a forward player, but is more likely to favour a centre-forward, and according to the Sun, the manager is not quite convinced that Georges-Ntep is the player he needs.

That may well leave QPR as favourites to seal his signature, with Rangers reportedly ready to pay £5 million for him.

Were Rangers to sign Georges-Ntep, it could well pave the way for Andy Johnson to leave the club. Johnson has spent much of the season injured, and has been linked with a move to Sunderland.

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