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No new QPR deal for experienced midfielder

Former West Ham star Gary O'Neil will be leaving Loftus Road this summer

No deal: Gary O'Neil will not be offered fresh terms by QPR

Gary O’Neil has been told he won’t be offered a new deal at QPR as Harry Redknapp explores other midfield options instead.

The former West Ham midfielder sacrificed himself in the Wembley play-off final when he scythed down Derby County’s Johnny Russell, who was clean through on goal.

Bobby Zamora’s dramatic winner fired the Hoops back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Seeing red: O'Neil was sent off at Wembley

But while the likes of Zamora and Alejandro Faurlin were given fresh terms, O’Neil, who is still training with the club, found nothing on the table.           

Boss Harry Redknapp said: “Gary is another great guy but it has been difficult because I need to bring four or five in and in order to do that we need to make some room.”

Norwich City’s Leroy Fer is one of the names on Redknapp’s list, with the Hoops having a bid rejected for the Dutchman on Tuesday.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Norwich City Press Conference - Colney Training Centre
Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Norwich City Press Conference - Colney Training Centre

Meanwhile, Jack Collison looks unlikely to be offered a contract by the club.           

The ex-Hammer was included in the club’s pre-season tour to Germany as he battles back from a knee injury.

Redknapp added: “Jack has come in to train as he is looking for a club and I will have a look at him. He's a lovely lad and if I can't help him there I will try to help him go somewhere else.”

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