Thursday 26 January 2012

Onuoha signs for Queens Park Rangers

Defender leaves Manchester City to team up again with Mark Hughes

Nedum Onuoha made his final appearance for City as a substitute against Wigan last week

Queens Park Rangers have signed defender Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City on a four-and-a-half year deal.

The 25-year-old, who moves to Loftus Road for an undisclosed fee, played under Rangers boss Mark Hughes when the Welshman was manager of City.

He becomes Hughes' second signing since taking over at QPR following the loan capture of AC Milan left-back Taye Taiwo earlier this week.

"Nedum is a player I know very well," Hughes told the club's official website.

"This is my club now and I'll give everything to help us succeed"
- Nedum Onuoha

"He did very well for me at Manchester City and played a number of games, probably more than under any other manager.

"He is very versatile. He can play centre-back or right-back, and has good pace. He is a very good addition to the squad. It's important that we are able to attract good players here.

"Nedum had other options but his experience with myself and the other guys here was a big factor in why he has come to us. I am pleased about that."

Onuoha made his Manchester City debut as a 17-year-old against Arsenal in 2004 and went on to make 92 appearances for the club.

He went on a season-long loan to Sunderland in the 2010-11 campaign, playing 31 times.

"This was the right time for me to join a club like QPR," said Onuoha, who has represented England Under-21s.

"The manager obviously played a massive part in my decision to come here. I've worked with him before and he always wants players around him who are open and honest.

"He wouldn't have come here if he didn't believe that there was a squad of players here that can achieve the goals he has.

"The ambition of the owners was really appealing. This is my club now and I'll give everything to help us succeed."

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Key Points

  • QPR sign Nedum Onuoha from Manchester City
  • Defender will again play under the management of Mark Hughes
  • Onuoha signs a four-and-a-half year deal after joining for an undisclosed fee