Monday 01 September 2014
Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has expressed his delight after completing the signing of Sandro from Tottenham Hotspur.
The 25-year-old was signed by Redknapp four years ago when he was manager at White Hart Lane and the Brazilian midfielder went on to make 81 Barclays Premier League appearances for Spurs, scoring three goals.
"He brings energy, aggression, power and quality"
Harry Redknapp on Sandro
Sandro has signed a three-year deal with QPR after he moved to Loftus Road for an undisclosed fee and will wear the No 30 shirt.
"Sandro's a proper footballer and a top-class professional - he's an absolutely fantastic signing for us," Redknapp told www.qpr.co.uk. "I couldn't be more pleased.
"He's been a massive target of mine all summer and I honestly didn't think we’d be able to pull it off - it's a real statement from the club, from the owners, to bring in a player of his undoubted ability.
"He brings energy, aggression, power and quality. They call him 'the Beast'. He's not only a top-quality footballer, but a fantastic boy as well. He'll lead by example for us. Tottenham fans loved him and I'm sure the QPR fans will, too."
Sandro was not the only signing made by QPR on transfer deadline day, with playmaker Niko Kranjcar returning to Loftus Road on a season-long loan deal from Dynamo Kiev.
"It's a great feeling to be back, it feels like home"
The 30-year-old, who played under Redknapp at Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur, made 21 appearances for QPR last season to help them secure promotion to the Barclays Premier League.
In total, Kranjcar has made 132 BPL appearances, scoring 18 goals.
"It's a great feeling to be back, it feels like home," he said. "I felt a special emotion with the club and the fans. The fans were phenomenal last season. I had a great relationship with them and hopefully it’s only going to get better.
"I really feel happy here, at a club where I really want to play, and I play with all my heart. I can't wait for my season to start with QPR."
QPR made a total of 10 transfers this summer, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand, Steven Caulker and Leroy Fer moving to Loftus Road. Their next Barclays Premier League fixture is at Manchester United on Sunday, 14 September.