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Beale closing in on more QPR signings

QPR head coach Mick Beale is hopeful new faces can join his squad in Germany as his side step up their pre-season preparations.

Beale has taken 28 players to a camp in Blankenhain in the west of the country, and confirmed talks are underway with potential new signings who could be brought in while the team is away.

Beale admits his side are still light at the start of the new campaign but are keen to give players who were on loan last season, like striker Macauley Bonne, the chance to prove themselves.

“We talk about this constantly and while we’re in Germany, or when we’re back home, a new face or two will come along,” Beale said.

“We are talking to one or two players and they are good players.

“But when you talk to good players, those things can take a little longer.

“It may be that their club doesn’t want them to leave, or there may be things going on with their contract.

“To be honest, it’s been a fantastic summer in terms of players wanting to come and play for QPR.

“But we’re not Man City, so we have to duck and dive a bit to make things work for us.”

Rangers have signed Tyler Roberts, Kenneth Paal and Jake Clarke-Salter since Beale arrived in May, but parted ways with a number of team players at the end of last season, including Yoann Barbet, Dom Ball, Andre Gray, Charlie Austin, Moses Odubajo, Sam McCallum and Lee Wallace.

Beale said he would like to replace everyone who left, but accepts he may not be able to do so.

“In terms of the transfer market, you’re like a kid in a candy store,” he said.

“There are all kinds of things you have in mind that you would like to do. I think the three players we’ve developed so far are young with their best days ahead of them, and I want to feed off of that energy.

“There are one or two key areas that we are looking at, the right-back being one of themmaybe another midfielder – another type of midfielder who can play on two lines.

“Obviously we have Tyler who can play two lines as well.”

After a behind-closed-doors friendly with non-League side Uxbridge last week, Beale’s men took on League Two side Crawley on Saturday in a 3-3 draw which saw the side largely second string that played in the second half wasting a 3-0 lead in the final 20 minutes.

He admitted the performance gave him a lot of thought and said some players needed to improve their game if they were to feature in his squad for the new season.

“What I have to do is assess the young players and assess the players in the squad and those who have come back from loan,” he said.

“They know that when we come back from Germany there will be different conversations with one or two.

“But one or two of them have shown me that they want to be here and they have the quality to be here.

“When you change managers and change certain beliefs and ideas about how you want to play, it suits some players better than others and they jump up in the air.

“But what we have is a really competitive team and when all of our players are fit and available, I expect us to be extremely competitive this season.”