Bobby Zamora ready for ‘new challenge’ at Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers' latest acquisition Bobby Zamora left impressed by the ambition of the club's owner Tony Fernandes

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Mark Hughes replaced Neil Warnock as QPR manager in January Photo: The Sport Review

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Bobby Zamora revealed his desire for a new challenge as the driving force behind his decision to join Queens Park Rangers from Fulham in a reported £4m deal on Tuesday.

Zamora, 31, has signed a two-and-a-half year deal at Loftus Road and the England forward will join up with his former Fulham boss Mark Hughes.

“QPR are certainly a club that are looking to go forward,” said Zamora. “That’s something that I’m looking forward to being a part of.

“I got on really well with the manager at Fulham. We all grew to like Mark. I think that will be the case here. He’s looking to take the club forward.

“I think this was the right time for me to have a fresh challenge. I had some great experiences at Fulham. Going to a European final is special.

“But this is a new challenge for myself and I’m thoroughly looking forward to it.”

Zamora, who will wear the No52 shirt, had been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage in recent months amid reports of a rift with Fulham boss Martin Jol.

And the England forward, who moved to the Cottagers in 2008, admitted QPR’s ambitious plans for the future made his decision to swap London clubs an easy decision.

“The ambition of the club was certainly a drawing factor as well,” Zamora added. “I’ve been lucky enough to speak to Tony Fernandes and Phil Beard has relayed a lot of messages about where this club want to go.

“For me, it was quite an easy decision to be a part of this. The sky’s the limit. We’re looking to go forward and to grow and I want to be a part of that.”

Hughes, who also completed the signing of French striker Djibril Cisse earlier on Tuesday, believes Zamora will add an extra dimension to QPR’s squad.

“Bobby is a guy that makes things happen on the pitch, be it scoring goals or creating chances for others,” said Hughes.

“He’s a great foil for any team. We needed a player of his ilk at the club and I couldn’t be more delighted.

“He was the difference for us at Fulham last season. He came back from injury and he made such an impact in the second half of the campaign.

“He’s got great power and pace and his technical ability is top class. He’s got an excellent left foot.”

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