QPR boss targets new signings after defeat at Cardiff

Ian Holloway is hopeful he will be able to bring in new players ahead of Thursday’s deadline.

QPR are looking to sign at least one defender as Grant Hall and Joel Lynch are both currently sidelined and James Perch faces a long spell out with a knee injury.

Rangers boss Holloway wants an experienced striker, while the club are also set to sign Linfield’s Paul Smyth – West London Sport revealed this week that a deal had been agreed for the 19-year-old forward to move to Loftus Road.

There might also be outgoings, with a number of players available at the right price and midfielder Sean Goss lined up for a loan move.

Holloway believes his squad is already reasonably strong but he is looking to bring in reinforcements.

He said: “I don’t think we’re that far off of having a group that will start to look around and feel ‘we’re alright here’.

“Hopefully I can get some business done in the next few days to try and strengthen things.”

Holloway was speaking after his team’s 2-1 defeat at Cardiff.

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Rangers went ahead through Matt Smith’s goal but former QPR man Junior Hoilett equalised for the Championship leaders and Sol Bamba headed in the winner.

It means former R’s boss Neil Warnock has now led Cardiff to five wins from five league games this season.

“We knew it was going to be tough. They’re on a crest of a wave and deservedly so,” Holloway said.

“At the start of the second half I thought they were going to run away with it. You’ve got to give them credit.”