Fulham Fail In Second QPR Raid As Midfielder Heads To La Liga

Former Real Madrid man set for La Liga return.

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Fulham look to have been beaten to the signing of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Esteban Granero, with talkSPORT reporting that the Spaniard has chosen a move to Real Sociedad.

Granero only joined QPR last summer, but was one of several big names to disappoint for the London side as they suffered a humiliating relegation from the Premier League.

The likes of Southampton and Fiorentina had also been chasing the former Real Madrid man, and Fulham were optimistic of making him their second signing from Rangers, following their recent loan deal for Moroccan winger Adel Taarabt.

However, Real Sociedad have managed to lure the 26-year-old back to his native Spain, where he can also hope to have a crack at the Champions League this season with the side that finished fourth in La Liga last season.

Sociedad see Granero as a perfect replacement for star midfielder Asier Illarramendi, who was sold to Real Madrid for £35million earlier this summer.

It is thought that Granero will join on an initial loan deal, with the view to completing a permanent £5million transfer next summer, as QPR have done with a number of their big-name players in this transfer window.

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