QPR manager Ian Holloway has revealed that Josh Scowen turned down a move to the Premier League in order to join QPR this summer.

The all-action midfielder left Barnsley after his contract at Oakwell expired, and was thought to have a number of potential suitors looking for his signature.

The Hoops eventually won the race, with Scowen being arguably the Hoops' best player so far this term, and speaking to Sky Sports, Ollie confirmed the level of competition that QPR faced for his signature.

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He said: "Josh could have gone to two teams bigger than us, one a premier league team, the other a Championship team with a lot more money than we’ve got and he wanted to come here, so for me that’s where my season started."

Holloway will be hoping that Scowen can maintain his form over the course of the season, after the midfielder revealed it was Holloway's ambitions that convinced him to join the club.

Speaking to GetWestLondon in July, Scowen said: "When I met the gaffer and Les Ferdinand, they made it clear they wanted to help me, and help me improve so that If I do go to the Premier League I'll be ready.

"The gaffer said he wants to get back in the Premier League within 18 months, and i think that's an achievable objective.

"First we need to make sure we improve on last year, and that means taking it game by game and then we can re-evaluate things."