DE JONG GETS CALL TO WAR Man City out­cast a tar­get for QPR boss

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By JOHN PERCY

NEIL WARNOCK has launched a bold bid to sign Manch­ester City re­ject Nigel De Jong on loan.

QPR boss Warnock is ready to test Roberto Mancini with an of­fer to bring the Dutch in­ter­na­tional to Lof­tus Road for the rest of the sea­son.

Warnock has a list of tar­gets for the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow and wants De Jong to help the club earn Premier League sur­vival.

Strug­gled

The mid­fielder, 26, has not started a top flight game for City since Novem­ber but ap­peared as a sub­sti­tute in the de­feat at Chelsea on Mon­day night.

De Jong wants City to of­fer him a new con­tract as his present deal is due to ex­pire at the end of next sea­son.

But he has strug­gled to find a place in Mancini’s start­ing lineup and Warnock will make an au­da­cious bid to land him next month.

Warnock will be backed with sub­stan­tial funds by chair­man Tony Fer­nan­des, with a striker and a cen­tre-half also on his wish list.

“The board know we need some more play­ers and they’ve been very sup­port­ive,” said the QPR boss.

“We’re on the look­out for four or five. I’m not say­ing they’re all go­ing to be big-name sign­ings but we need numbers in the squad.”

Shaun Wright-phillips in­sists QPR are ready to crush Man United’s hopes of go­ing top of the Premier League.

United will over­take SWP’S former club Manch­ester City, for a few hours at least, if they win at Lof­tus Road on Sun­day.

But the Hoops have saved their best per­for­mances for big teams this sea­son and beat Chelsea be­fore push­ing Manch­ester City close.

Wright-phillips said: “It’s a mas­sive game to play in and we’re all look­ing for­ward to it.

“Hope­fully we can do the same thing we did to Chelsea and move up the ta­ble again.

“We have done re­ally well against the big clubs and we have to do that on a con­sis­tent ba­sis, that is al­ways the hard­est part as a team.”

Top scorer Hei­dar Hel­gu­son should re­turn af­ter a groin prob­lem.

DUTCH TREAT: De Jong (left) is a tar­get for Warnock (in­set)

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