Round-up: QPR deals in trouble, Fulham signing close, Chelsea youngsters triumph

Fulham look likely to beat QPR to the signing of United States international Tim Ream.

The defender held talks with Rangers after they had a £1.4m bid accepted by Bolton but Ream appears to have decided to join Fulham, who have also had an offer accepted.

Rangers’ attempts to sign highly-rated goalkeeper Daniel Bentley from Southend have also stalled, so they have made an approach to Huddersfield for Alex Smithies.

And there continues to be speculation that first-choice keeper Rob Green could leave Loftus Road. No approaches have been received for the 35-year-old.

Chris Ramsey has problems at the opposite end of the pitch – he blamed QPR’s failure to take several chances after the disappointing outcome against Cardiff, who came back from two down to draw 2-2.

QPR boss Ramsey rues his team's missed chances against Cardiff
QPR boss Ramsey rues his team’s missed chances against Cardiff

Head coach Ramsey also said he substituted Charlie Austin and Tjaronn Chery for the second game running because both were showing signs of fatigue.

R’s chairman Tony Fernandes told fans on Twitter after the match that the result was still a decent one and that the team is “a work in progress.”

Fulham, meanwhile, were beaten 2-1 by Brighton at Craven Cottage, where the visitors scored with an injury-time penalty.

Whites boss Kit Symons pointed the finger of blame at defender Shaun Hutchinson, who gave away the spot-kick.

Brentford came from behind to win 4-2 at Bristol City – but they have problems.

This week they were hit with the news that summer signing Andreas Bjelland will miss the rest of the season – and now boss Marinus Dijkhuizen says playmaker Jota will be sidelined for three or four months.

Jota is expected to be out of action for some time
Jota is expected to be out of action for some time

Dijkhuizen is, however, hopeful that the club will be able to keep Andre Gray this season despite Hull’s attempts to sign the striker.

Chelsea face title rivals Manchester City on Sunday and Blues boss Jose Mourinho has insisted they have not been affected in any way by the furore over his fall-out with two of his medical staff.

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Chelsea’s Under-18s were in action earlier today, maintaining their winning start to the season with a 1-0 victory against Aston Villa.

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