QPR sign Uruguay international

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Queens Park Rangers have signed 33-year old Urugayan striker Javier Chevanton on a one-year deal.

Harry Redknapp has been looking at signing a striker on a short-term deal after Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson were both ruled out with long term knee injuries.

Respected Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has said on his website:

"Queens Park Rangers made a surprise acquisition by signing Ernesto Javier Chevanton.

"He shined at Lecce for many years, and now the Uruguayan striker signed a contract through June with the English club who plays in the second division.

"QPR has addressed every detail for the Chevanton acquisition, who arrives thanks to the work of his agent Pasquale Bruno."

The former Monaco and Lecce striker had a good scoring record in Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1, averaging just under a goal every other game. He is the all-time record goalscorer for Italian side Lecce, which he achieved in three separate spells with the club.

Chevanton has 22 appearances for Uruguay, netting seven times. His last appearance was in 2008, when first choice Uruguay striker Diego Forlan was out injured.

Since starting his career, the striker has had serious problems with injury, and has failed to make more than 20 senior appearances in a season since 2004.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp had this to say on the striker:

“With the injuries we’ve had to Bobby and AJ, we’re really short of options in that department.

“Javier has spent time with us and integrated into the group very well.

“He arrives with a good pedigree and gives us a much-needed extra option in attack.”

Chevanton told QPR's official website:

“I am very happy to be here, working with a good manager like Harry Redknapp, for a team which is currently top of the Championship with huge ambitions to return to the Premier League.

“I am really looking forward to the challenge of playing in England. I have scored goals all around Europe and I am confident I can continue that record with QPR.

“When I was younger, I loved watching English football. The atmosphere here is great and when the chance came to join QPR, it was all I wanted.

“I have a great will-to-win and I can’t wait to do my best for the club and fall in love with the fans.”

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