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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Aug 30, 2011

Arsenal's Traore completes QPR move

Arsenal left-back Armand Traore has signed a three-year contract with QPR, the Loftus Road club have confirmed.

Traore has made just one Premier League appearance for the Gunners in the last 15 months - the 8-2 defeat to Manchester United - and was deemed to be surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium despite the club's lack of defensive cover.

The left-back, who joined Arsenal from Monaco in 2005, is behind Kieran Gibbs in the Gunners' pecking order and has spent time on loan at Juventus and Portsmouth over the last three seasons.

Traore told QPR's official website: "When I talked to Neil Warnock he was very passionate about what I could bring to the club. He was very motivated about playing me week in, week out, and that's what I need at this stage of my career.

"I've not been able to prove and show what I'm all about because I've been at two big, big clubs like Juventus and Arsenal. I'm looking forward to coming here and playing regular football. The ambition of the new owners and the calibre of players they are signing is something that really attracted me to the club.''

Traore will wear the No. 13 jersey at the west London club and manager Neil Warnock was delighted to secure his signature.

"Armand has been my number one defensive target for a while now,'' he said. "I've been speaking to Arsene (Wenger) for a couple of weeks. He's a young and exciting lad who I think can only get better playing for a side like ourselves on a regular basis. He needs games and he'll get that here.

"Nobody has seen the best of him yet, but over the next couple of years I'm confident he'll show the quality that I clearly believe he has. He'll be a great outlet for us down that left hand side. He's got all the attributes you need to be a top, top defender.''

Since his takeover of the Loftus Road club, Tony Fernandes has bankrolled the signings of Joey Barton and Luke Young while Shaun Wright-Phillips could also join from Manchester City before Wednesday night's transfer deadline.

Warnock is still hoping to do more business before the transfer window closes, but also moved to secure the future of midfielder Shaun Derry.

The 33-year-old played an integral role as Rangers won the Championship last season, which ended the club's 15-year absence from the top flight.

Warnock brought Derry to the club last summer from former club Crystal Palace and has rewarded the midfielder with a one-year contract extension.

''Tony has been so impressed with Shaun since his arrival at the club and this is just a show of faith for what he does for the club,'' he said.

''He's got a few ideas about going into coaching when he finishes playing and at a club like ours, where the new owners have got so many long-term plans, there will undoubtedly be a role for him.

''He's still got a massive impact to make as a player here first and foremost and that's what I want him to focus on at the moment, but I think he can start having an input off the field too.''

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