QPR secured the signings of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Anton Ferdinand on transfer deadline day, but Neil Warnock missed out on Sebastien Bassong. The club also announced the signing of Jason Puncheon, who played for Blackpool in the second half of last season.
Wright-Phillips and Ferdinand had been frozen out at Manchester City and Sunderland respectively and looked certain to move during the transfer window. Bassong’s transfer to QPR collapsed after Spurs failed to sign Bolton’s Gary Cahill.
It is the third time a newly rich club under new ownership has signed Wright-Phillips, with Chelsea and Manchester City also signing the English winger. Wright-Phillips was signed by Chelsea for £21m in July 2005, before he re-joined City in August 2008. The winger only started regularly in his first season at City and the 29 year old only made seven appearances the Manchester club last season. Wright-Phillips will be eager to claim a first team place in the QPR team.
Ferdinand joined Sunderland for a fee of approximately £8m in August 2008. The 26 year old has made 85 league appearances since then, but Steve Bruce’s summer signings of Wes Brown and John O’Shea pushed Ferdinand further down the pecking order.
Wright-Phillips, Ferdinand and Puncheon join the likes of Luke Young, Joey Barton, Jay Bothroyd and Danny Gabbidon as QPR summer signings.