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Jun 18, 2012

QPR sign striker Andrew Johnson

Queens Park Rangers have signed Fulham striker Andrew Johnson on a two-year deal.

Johnson - who played under QPR boss Mark Hughes during his season in charge at Craven Cottage - had been linked with move to Loftus Road since Fulham announced they would be released.

The 31-year-old will officially become a Rangers player when his Fulham deal runs out on July 1. As well as being a reunion with Hughes, the West London switch will also see Johnson link up again with ex-Fulham strike partner Bobby Zamora.

He told the club's official website: "I've worked closely with Mark before, and there are also players here that I've played with previously, including Bobby Zamora and Shaun Derry.

"Those were factors in me joining - but this is a big, big club. I've spoken to the chairman and Mark, who both have great ambition for QPR, and it's something that I wanted to be a part of."

Johnson said Hughes was "a top manager and has some fantastic staff around him," adding: "Being an ex-player, he knows what players want and expect. He's excellent with the players.

"He told me about the plans for a new training ground and how the club wants to go forward. That really excited me."

Meanwhile, QPR confirmed that central defender Ryan Nelsen has joined on an initial one-year deal after being released by Tottenham.

Nelsen, 34, moved to White Hart Lane in January after spending seven seasons at Blackburn, where he worked with Hughes.

The New Zealander said he was delighted to be joining the Loftus Road outfit, saying: "I have obviously got a lot of history with the manager, and that was a massive draw for me.

"I like his winning attitude. He and all his staff just have an absolute desire to win, and that's what the Premier League is all about. If you haven't got that, you won't be successful."

Hughes said Nelsen had a lot to offer the club both on and off the pitch and praised him as a "fantastic professional."

"Ryan has got great experience in the Premier League, and that is something our squad is lacking a little bit at present," he said. "It will benefit the younger lads in the group to see how he goes about his work."

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