Hoops to swoop for Barcelona hit­man

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By JON WEST

Tough

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.

“We’ve got to ap­proach the next two games with­out fear and do as well as we pos­si­bly can.” CROCK SHOCK: Steven Tay­lor’s in­jury could mean he misses out on Euro 2012, while New­cas­tle team-mate Fabri­cio Coloc­cini

is also out in­jured

IN­TER­ESTED: Warnock

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