QPR Edge Closer to Sealing £5m Deal for In-Demand South American Striker

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Redknapp is desperate to add more firepower to his attack in the capital next season. 

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Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers are hoping to sign in-demand Estudiantes front man Duvan Zapata now that city-rivals West Ham United have pulled out of a deal for the Colombian, according to reports in the Daily Star.

Hammers head coach Sam Allardyce had appeared to be on the verge of landing the former Colombia Under-20 international earlier this summer, only for the east London club to then decide against attempting to bring the striker to Upton Park for fear that the Home Office would reject their application for a work permit under the special talent exemption rule.

Those concerns though have not stopped West Ham’s London rivals from launching their own bid to bring the 22-year-old to the capital next season, with QPR boss Harry Redknapp now on the look-out for a new forward having agreed to let France international Loic Remy join Newcastle United on a season-long spell on Tuesday.

And the west London club have offered £3.3 million for  Zapata, a bid that was rejected by his Argentinian employers, who are understood to be seeking a fee of £5m for a player who has managed to find the back of the net on 14 occasions in his 30 league outings for Estudiantes since joining the club on a permanent basis from America de Cali last year.

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