Tuesday 31 January 2012

QPR snap up France striker Cisse

Former Liverpool and Sunderland player moves to Loftus Road from Lazio

Djibril Cisse has played for Liverpool and Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League

Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of France striker Djibril Cisse for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old has moved to Loftus Road on a two-and-a-half-year deal from Lazio and he becomes the club's fourth signing of the January transfer window for new manager Mark Hughes.

Cisse is well used to the Barclays Premier League having played in England for Liverpool from 2004-07 and Sunderland on loan in the 2008-09 season.

"QPR have a hugely ambitious project and I have unfinished business in England"
- Djibril Cisse

"QPR have a hugely ambitious project," Cisse told the club's official website. "When I talked to the manager, he spoke highly of the club and where he wants to take it over the next few years.

"He wants to achieve big things here - that was all I needed to hear from him.

"The English League is the best in the world. It is the League that suits me the most. I'm really happy to be here and I can't wait to repay the confidence in me, to get back to where I want to be as a player.

"I will always give 100% and I can't wait to start playing games. I have unfinished business here in England."

Hughes, who could hand Cisse a debut in the Barclays Premier League match at Aston Villa on Wednesday, could not hide his delight at adding to fellow new signings Taye Taiwo, Nedum Onuoha and Samba Diakite.

"I rate Djibril very, very highly," said Hughes. "I've watched him for many years and always been impressed by what he brings to the table.

"He's a huge threat to opposition's defences. He's got great pace, power and movement and that's something we will hopefully benefit from.

"He was desperate to come here once we showed our interest in him and we can't wait to get the best out of him."

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Key Points

  • QPR complete signing of striker Djibril Cisse
  • Frenchman signs on two-and-a-half-year deal
  • Says he has "unfinished business" in England