QPR set to abandon bid to sign international free agent striker - report

Reports today suggest that QPR are set to end their interest in Portuguese international striker Hugo Almeida, who is available on a free transfer.

QPR returned to the Premier League at the first time of asking under Harry Redknapp, but it wasn't quite as straightforward as many had predicted. Despite spending far more than their promotion rivals, it was Leicester and Burnley who clinched the two automatic promotion spots, leading Rangers to battle through the playoffs, which ended in Bobby Zamora once again being a playoff final gamewinner with a last minute goal to send QPR up.

Again though, QPR have spent big. Alex McCarthy, Mauricio Isla, Steven Caulker, Rio Ferdinand, Jordon Mutch, Leroy Fer, Sandro and Eduardo Vargas have all arrived, many of them full internationals who are used to playing in much more illustrious surroundings than Loftus Road.

And whilst the transfer window has closed, Redknapp was believed to still be in the market for another striker; no surprise really. Rangers have just three centre forwards at their disposal, with Charlie Austin, Zamora and Vargas providing the limited options in attack following the sale of Loic Remy to Chelsea.

Free agents are still permitted to join Premier League clubs outside of the window, and with a host of internationals already there, Redknapp could have added another in Portugal's Hugo Almeida.

The burly striker, 30, has recently left Turkish side Besiktas at the end of his contract despite hitting 47 goals in 108 games for Slaven Bilic's side. His record for Portugal isn't too shabby either with 19 goals in 56 appearances, and he featured for them at this summer's World Cup.

After spells with Porto and Werder Bremen earlier in his career, Almeida will be a familiar face to many - but it doesn't seem that he will be arriving in West London - for now at least.

QPR have already submitted their 25-man squad for the Premier League, and unless someone leaves, there is no room for Almeida to join. That means that the club have had to put a bid for Almeida on the backburner until a player departs the club - if that happens, then the deal could be resurrected, but for now, it's a no-go.

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