Warnock wants at least two by mid-January

QPR manager Neil Warnock is keen to complete at least two signings by the middle of next month and avoid another transfer scramble.

Having waited for August’s Tony Fernandes-led takeover to go through, Rangers rushed to add to their squad before the previous window closed.

This time, Warnock has time on his side and expects new faces in the team by the time they play at Newcastle on 15 January.

“January’s a difficult month really and you’ve got to be careful, but we do need improving.”

“We’ve got a long list [of targets], because you’re not going to get everyone you want,” said Warnock.

“We’d like to get two or three players in before the Newcastle game. We’ve got an FA Cup game against MK Dons, and then I’d like have people in by the next league match.”

Egged on by Fernandes, Warnock is expected to table ambitious bids for high-profile players and has suggested he will also use the loan market.

The R’s boss has been alerted to a number of highly-rated youngsters at top clubs who may be available on loan in the coming weeks.

Fernandes is keen for Warnock to make major signings.

And he added: “We may then need a loan player with experience, but I think that’s going to be a last-minute job where clubs don’t or can’t sell a player and then decide they’d like to get his wages off the bill.

“You’ve just got to wheel and deal. I can’t say we’re going to do this, that and the other, as it depends what becomes available.

“January’s a difficult month really and you’ve got to be careful, but we do need improving. We’ve got to get people into the squad who will give us a chance for the rest of the season.

“During one period we lost three centre-backs and didn’t have enough. Earlier in the season, before Luke Young was signed, we didn’t have full-backs, and recently we’ve been short on strikers.

“When clubs get established, you just improve the odd position in January and do most of your work in the summer.

“I’d like to think we could do that too in the future, but at the moment this is a vital window for us.”

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