QPR and Forest agree Hill loan deal

QPR have agreed to let Clint Hill join Nottingham Forest on a three-month loan deal.

The reliable defender was a mainstay of Rangers’ promotion-winning side but the recent signing of Luke Young meant his first-team chances were likely to be limited.

Forest are set to sign him as cover for the injured Chris Cohen and he is expected to make his debut for them against Watford on Saturday.

R’s boss Neil Warnock prefers to play with a dynamic full-back on one side and a steady player on the other, so the arrival of solid right-back Young meant the signing of an attack-minded alternative to Hill was a priority.

Armand Traore was duly transferred from Arsenal and has impressed with his swashbuckling performances against Newcastle and Wolves.

Young, Matt Connolly and Danny Gabbidon can all play at left-back if required, so Warnock is prepared to let Hill – who followed him from Crystal Palace to QPR last year – leave Loftus Road.

After Rangers’ Championship triumph gave Hill the chance to play in the Premier League at the age of 32, his first and only appearance in the top flight was an unhappy one.

He was sent off after lashing out at Martin Petrov during the opening-day 4-0 defeat against Bolton and Warnock’s pre-deadline signings meant Hill had dropped down the pecking order by the time he had served a three-match ban.