QPR tie up Taiwo deal
Rs complete loan signing of Nigeria international
Last Updated: January 24, 2012 6:21pm
Taye Taiwo: The defender has signed for QPR until the end of the season
QPR have confirmed the signing of defender Taye Taiwo from AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.
Sky Sports sources indicated on Monday that the player had been granted a work permit and was set to sign a six-month deal at Loftus Road.
The 26-year-old left-back has struggled for a regular first-team berth at the San Siro under head coach Massimiliano Allegri after joining from Marseille in the summer.
Taiwo made just four Serie A starts for the Rossoneri this campaign and three in the UEFA Champions League.
The versatile player, who can also operate in midfield, had also been linked with a move to injury-hit Arsenal.
But now Taiwo becomes manager Mark Hughes' first signing since the Welshman took over at the West London club and will be a welcome addition to a backline which has leaked 36 league goals this season.
"I have known of him for a long time and admired him from afar," Hughes said.
"To get him now is a fantastic coup and a real statement of intent that we can attract the quality of player that he is.
"He has got great ability, a good reputation in the game and a great personality."
The Nigeria international told the club's official website: "It's a new and exciting challenge for me and one I am very much looking forward to.
"I'm very grateful to Mark Hughes for bringing me here. It is always nice for a player when you know the manager wants you and I will repay his faith in me.
"I can't wait to play for the club. I know only hard work, good performance, dedication, and passion will connect me with the fans but I'm prepared.
"I'm looking forward to what lies ahead and I'm prepared to give my all to the QPR cause."