€8m striker was in London for QPR, not Arsenal - Report

It has been reported that Queens Park Rangers were the club that invited €8m rated striker Paul-Georges Ntep to London in preparation of a bid, despite strong interest from Arsenal and Newcastle United.

According to French newspaper L'Equipe, it was in fact Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers that invited the 21-year-old hotshot to London, despite speculation quickly pointing him to a move to the Emirates.

Sky Sports reported:

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L'Equipe's article, claims that Queens Park Rangers watched on as the France U21 international bagged the equalising goal for Auxerre, as they went on to draw 1-1 with Ligue 2 rivals Aries-Avignon at the weekend.  And not long after the game, the striker posted a picture of his journey from Paris to London via his Instagram account.

Queens Park Rangers have been actively seeking the January market for a striker, having been linked to well known names such as Kenwyne Jones and Nikica Jelavic. However, halfway through the January transfer market and Harry Redknapp is still yet to pull the trigger on a player he really likes.

Which does indicate he could be waiting patiently on the French forward to pick his destination.

Arsenal have been heavily linked to the striker and experienced manager Arsene Wenger has previously indicated his admiration for the young talent, proclaiming:

''Paul-Georges Ntep has the potential to have a great future. Whether he will or not depends on his mind''

Newcastle are another English side to have previously been linked to the starlet. However, Director of Football Joe Kinnear has pre-warned supporters that it's unlikely any new faces will show up on Tyneside.

And although Rennes have reportedly agreed a fee for the player, it was denied by their club president Frédéric de Saint-Sernin, claiming: ''rumours are like rabbits, they should be allowed to run''.

It's likely that the player will wait until the last moment of the January window before making his mind up, as their is reportedly interest from all around Europe.

If reports are to be believed and Ntep was visiting Harry in preparation for a move, then it would seem like Queens Park Rangers do stand a fighting chances against some big opposition.

images: © John Mitchell, © Tom Cuppens

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