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Saturday, December 22, 2007

QPR Prospective Signings..Sheffield Wednesday's Tommy Spurr....Q&A With Rowan Vine

Qpr - the new rich kids in the Championship - will make a £2.5million triple signing next month.
Lakshmi Mittal - the world's fifthrichest man - bought a 20 per cent stake in Rangers.
They will snap up Watford midfielder Gavin Mahon, West Ham striker Hogan Ephraim and forward from Sunderland Darryl Murphy. Rowan Vine's loan from Birmingham will also be made permanent. Mirror

This is Yorkshire - 'Wanted man' tag spurs on young Owls defender
TOMMY SPURR insists that he is no rush to leave Sheffield Wednesday despite a shock bid for his services from Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers.
The Leeds-born defender is happy at Hillsborough and desperate to help manager Brian Laws steer the Owls away from the relegation zone.
But Spurr could have fallen off his sofa during the week when news of a decision to reject an undisclosed offer from Rangers flashed across his television screen.
After just 12 months in the first team spotlight, the 20-year-old was officially a 'wanted man'.
It would now be a major surprise if Rangers, who are also chasing Owls winger Jermaine Johnson, do not return with an improved offer before the New Year transfer window.
Spurr said: "I only found out about this the same way as everyone else did, by watching Sky Sports News! It came as a surprise but at least its nice to know that I am doing something right somewhere along the line.
"However, I am happy playing for Sheffield Wednesday and I am happy to keep on playing as long as I can," he stressed. "I am still learning and developing as a player and, hopefully, I will get even better."
Having started his career as a centre-back, Spurr is now regarded as the Owls's first choice left-back with Laws a firm admirer of his honest, hard-working performances.
Defensively, the Owls have been solid of late, keeping four clean sheets in the last six with Spurr playing his part alongside Frank Simek, Michael Johnson and Richard Hinds.
But Simek will be out for the next two months after suffering an ankle injury last weekend and today, against Watford, Johnson will make the final appearance of his three-month loan deal from Derby County.
Whether that affects the solidity of the back line remains to be seen but Spurr is still optimistic the club can soon start to climb the table.
"We have had a couple of defeats in the last couple of weeks but, hopefully, we can pick things up at Hillsborough and start the Christmas period off with a win," he said.
"There are a lot of games coming up in a short space
of time and a couple of wins could quickly shoot us up the table."
Although Watford have topped the table for the majority of the season, they have recently slipped into second spot after taking only two points from the last 21 available.
The Owls visit Burnley on Boxing Day before heading to Hull City a week tomorrow and hosting Preston North End on New Year's Day.
"We are just looking to move slowly up the league and find some consistency and put a few wins together," added Spurr.
"We have a game in hand and the mood is good in the camp. We just want to finish as high up the table as we can."
Manager Laws spoke yesterday of the Owls determination to not sell players 'on the cheap'. Although the club is currently in a state of limbo following the resignation of chairman Dave Allen, talks with prospective new investors are advancing.
Laws feels some clubs want to take advantage of the Owls's situation and dismissed Rangers' offer for Spurr and Johnson as 'peanuts.'... Yorkshire Post

Daily Mirror - first and last we put the questions to Rowan Vine
Q What's the first team you ever played for?
A team called Loddon Sports in Basingstoke.

Q Last time you had a really good laugh?
I've got two little boys and they make me laugh every single day.

Q The last promising young player you saw?
The boy at Barcelona, Bojan Krkic, he looks unbelievable on TV. At QPR they have Michael Mancienne and Scott Sinclair, who have both been on loan from Chelsea, they are really good players.

Q First position that you played in?
I was a striker. I'd sometimes play on the wing but I've pretty much always been up front.

Q The first holiday you ever went on?
I went to Corfu when I was 15, that was the first one on my own.

Q First female celebrity that you fancied?
Probably Kylie Minogue.

Q First time you got sent off?
It was when I was at Brentford. It was for two yellow cards against Mansfield. A fight kicked off in the last minute and I got sent off. It wasn't deserved though, I didn't do anything! Never a booking!

Q Last great film you have seen?
'300'. It was great, really action packed. I didn't think it would be any good and I didn't see it at the cinema but I enjoyed it on DVD.

Q The first car you ever bought?
A Peugeot 106 when I was 19.

Q Your targets for the rest of the season?
To get QPR as far up the league as I can while I'm here, I can't really see past that at the moment
. Mirror

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