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QPR sign Newcastle United defender

Simpson will be playing Championship football next season (©GettyImages)
Simpson will be playing Championship football next season (©GettyImages).

QPR will sign defender Danny Simpson on a three-year deal when his current contract with Newcastle expires at the end of the month. 

The 26-year-old, who plays predominately as a right full-back, has been with the Magpies since joining from Manchester United in 2010. 

Simpson stated that Harry Redknapp was a big influence in his decision, as he told the club's official website: "He is a top manager and as soon as I spoke to him I knew this was the right move for me. 

"I've always admired him. He's a great man in the game and I have a lot of respect for him."

With the future of many of the London club's Premier League flops still far from certain, the experienced Simpson - who made 84 top flight appearances for Newcastle - should represent an excellent purchase from the former Tottenham and Portsmouth boss, as he looks to sure up his defence. 

"He's a good professional, a good character and a good player who knows his job in the side," Redknapp said.

"It's a fantastic piece of business for the club on a free transfer.

"I spoke to a few of the coaching staff at Newcastle - friends of mine from over the years who I know and trust - and they spoke very highly of him." 

Simpson also reiterated his desire to help QPR bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt. 

"From what I have heard they [QPR] are very determined to put things behind them and start afresh and get back into the Premier League where the club belongs.

"I want to play my part in that and do everything I can for the club and the fans. I really think we can go straight back up," he added. 

 

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