CHRIS Baird has snubbed QPR to sign for Championship rivals Reading.
The former Fulham defender has been training with Harry Redknapp's side for more than a month and was offered a contract at Loftus Road.
Rangers tried to push through the signing yesterday, only for the Royals to hijack the deal and make the Northern Irishman a better offer.
It comes as a big blow for boss Redknapp, who has just two fit centre-backs for tomorrow's trip to Yeovil after Nedum Onuoha was ruled out with a serious hamstring injury.
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