Oguchi Onyewu has signed a short-term deal with Championship side QPR after being released by Sporting Lisbon in the summer.

Since then he has been a free agent and was rumoured to have been training with the club for the last few weeks, in order to gain match fitness.

The American is experienced across Europe having played in Belgium, Spain and Portugal. This will be his second spell in English football, as he was on loan at Newcastle United in 2007, failing to truly make an impact and not being retained at the end of his loan.

He will certainly be a solid addition to Harry Redknapp's squad, as his powerful presence will assist the team when trying to regain possession and make him a huge threat at set-pieces, as at 6ft 5in, he is a natural target. His vast experience of the game also gives him leadership qualities, which stand to make the defence an even more organised and secure unit.

His addition comes at a time when QPR are meeting expectations, currently sitting second in the Championship and are just two points off leaders Burnley. However, they could find themselves leading the pack by 5pm on Saturday as they face a top of the table clash at Turf Moor.

It is unclear whether or not Onyewu will make his debut this weekend, as Redknapp may hesitate to alter a defence that have only conceded four goals in their 11 league games this season, the best record in the Championship.

They are also the only remaining unbeaten side in the league pyramid, as Leyton Orient of League One experienced their first league defeat of the season last night against Coventry City.

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