West Ham striker Mauro Zarate completes loan move to Premier League rivals QPR

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Queens Park Rangers have announced the signing of West Ham striker Mauro Zarate.

West Ham only signed striker Mauro Zarate from Velez Sarsfield last summer, but already he's moved on from Upton Park after a public bust-up with manager Sam Allardyce.

The 27-year-old has been on the fringes of the Hammers side this season, and after Zarate accused Allardyce of being disrespectful, the West Ham boss said that the forward just wasn't good enough.

That hasn't put off QPR boss Harry Redknapp though, who has finally landed Zarate after a lengthy transfer saga, with the striker joining on loan until the end of the season.

"We’re really pleased to bring Mauro in," said Redknapp. "He’s a good footballer, someone with great ability who can play as a number 10. I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back and I actually tried to take him to Portsmouth back then. He’s a more-than capable player, he’s already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us."

The player himself was delighted to make the move across London having started just five games for West Ham, and says he's happy to be signing for a team where he will play regularly.

"I am happy," he said. "I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do," said Zarate. "The Premier League is the best in the world at this moment. Does my style suit the Premier League? Maybe. We will see!"

"When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio. But now I am here and will play for him. I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players. I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday," he added.

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