Beale brings in Iroegbunam on deadline day

QPR have confirmed the signing of midfielder Tim Iroegbunam on a season-long loan from Aston Villa.

West London Sport revealed last month that Mick Beale wanted Leon Balogun, who later signed, along with Villa’s Cameron Archer and Iroegbunam, and subsequently revealed that a deal for Iroegbunam was in place but that Archer was out of reach.

R’s head coach Beale previously worked with Iroegbunam at Villa, where he was manager Steven Gerrard’s assistant before taking over at Loftus Road.

With the 11pm transfer deadline approaching, Rangers were making enquiries about a number of strikers and had not given up hope of a late deal, but Beale has indicated that he does not believe one will be signed tonight. 

With his attacking midfield options having been significantly boosted by Chris Willock’s return to fitness and the  arrival of Iroegbunam, and with Taylor Richards and Luke Amos on the way back from injury, Beale is ready to deploy Tyler Roberts up front if another striker is not brought in.

Rangers would also like to bring in cover for Kenneth Paal at left-back.

There might well be another back-up keeper brought in after the transfer window closes, with a number of free agents being considered.