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Nigeria’s hero could bring QPR out of their scoring shell

| 30.06.2014

Although they’ve perhaps learnt a valuable lesson from the blanket-throwing transfer strategy they employed in their relegation season, QPR will still be on the lookout for new recruits as they return to the Premier League this term.

Ladbrokes currently rate Harry Redknapp’s side as 7/4 second favourites to make an immediate return to the Championship this season, and the former Tottenham boss will be well aware of his need to add to the playing staff if he’s to avoid that happening.

Perhaps a few players have caught his eye over the course of this World Cup, with a string of impressive showings being put on by some of the game’s duller diamonds.

One such dusty gem is Nigeria’s Ahmed Musa, who can further enhance his case for a summer switch to the Premier League when his nation take on France in the round of 16.

That match could well be Musa’s last chance to impress the gathered scouts, as Nigeria are heavy outsiders at 7/1 to win the game.

Following his two-goal haul against Argentina, where he matched Lionel Messi for quality strikes, it’s unlikely that facing a well-fancied outfit will make the 21-year-old shy away.

Currently plying his trade for CSKA Moscow in Russia, Musa could certainly tempt Redknapp into an offer with another eye-catching performance and he’s 9/1 to score the first goal against Didier Deschamps’ side.

The Hoops struggled for goals all season in the Championship last term, netting just 60 times to put them firmly in the middle of the pack as far as “Goals For” was concerned.

Charlie Austin is untried in the top-flight while Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson are both getting to an age where their effectiveness is less consistent.

The opportunity to add a young, pacy front man to his forward line is sure to tempt Redknapp and Musa could well be that man should he continue showcasing his talents.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.