Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink wants to create British squad at Queens Park Rangers

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Queens Park Rangers are expected to be active in the January transfer window.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has suggested on Queens Park Rangers’ official site that he wants to build a squad with a British core.

QPR’s team has generally had a cosmopolitan feel to it in recent times, but Hasselbaink wants to create a more home grown side.

It suggests that QPR will be targeting British players in the January transfer window, with a range of targets reportedly on their wishlist.

"It's extremely important we try and get a British backbone to our squad," he said.

"That needs to be the core of this club - the know-how, the understanding, the continuity.

"I'm not saying we won't sign foreign players - we will if they are right for us. But we need a healthy British contingent within our squad.

"The fans relate to British players, because their your own countrymen.

"As manager of this fantastic club, I've got a duty of care to make this club healthier than it is at present and that is what myself and Les (Ferdinand) are trying to do.

"We both want to get that verve and feeling back to Loftus Road, back to QPR.

"That beautiful urban feeling that QPR has always been renowned for, with young, hungry, exciting individuals, combined with some experienced players. To create a bright future for QPR."

Hasselbaink has already completed one signing since taking charge at Loftus Road, after signing Conor Washington from Peterborough United yesterday.

Washington helps QPR to create their British identity, with more players likely to arrive in the coming weeks.

QPR are also expected to have a clear out in the coming months, as they look to trim their wage bill.

Charlie Austin has already left QPR to join Southampton, and more first team players could follow him out of the exit door.

Rangers’ chances of getting promoted this season look slim, and they appear to be reducing their costs, in preparation for another season at Championship level next term.

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