Hoops to swoop for Barcelona hitman
BARCELONA striker Jonathan Soriano has given the green light for a January switch to QPR.
But the Hoops will have to convince the £2millionrated hitman he will have a better time in London than in Marseilles as the French outfit are keen on him too.
Soriano, 26, has realised he will struggle to make a big impression in Pep Guardiola’s first team and wants out.
He has been a regular scorer in the second tier of Spanish football, where Barca’s reserves turn out. Rangers are keen on a deal for a player who failed to agree terms with fellow top-flight returnees Swansea in the summer.
The Swans could be tempted to have another go and Wigan need a goalscorer to save them from relegation.
Jose Maria Orobitg, the player’s agent, confirmed Soriano was keen to leave Spain.
He said: “Marseille are among the teams interested, but there is nothing concrete.
“Jonathan has not extended his contract and, if he leaves, would prefer to go abroad.”
Soriano would be the long-term replacement for Heidar Helguson, who has scored in each of the last four games.
Hoops manager Neil Warnock has declared how happy he is with the Iceland veteran.
Liverpool away and Manchester United at home are Rangers’ next two fixtures and Jay Bothroyd has backed Helguson to continue.
He said: “Heidar is doing really well.
“A lot of his goals have been headers. He attacks the ball well and his timing is really good.
“I’m enjoying playing alongside him, it’s a good partnership. We’ve got two tough games coming up and we’re going to have to be right on our game to get anything from Liverpool and Man United, but we believe we can.
“It will be a tough match at Anfield, but any point away from home is a good point.
“We have to be positive going into the next two games.
“We beat Chelsea and, even though we didn’t get the win against Man City, we did really well against them too.
“And at Tottenham we gave a good account of ourselves in the second half.
“But we can’t worry too much about the opposition – that’s when you get beat.
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