QPR's Carabao Cup first round opponents Northampton Town look set to embark on an exciting journey after being taken over by a Chinese consortium.

Chinese company, 5USport, has bought a 60% stake in the Cobblers who finished 16th in League One last season.

Although unwilling to disclose specific financial details of the agreement, the investment is certain to be a huge boost to the midlands-based club as they look to kick-on and work their way up the football pyramid.

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The Cobblers don't need to look far for success stories to emulate, with Swansea City, Bournemouth and Huddersfield Town all being recent examples of how a club under the right ownership can become a force to be reckoned with in a relatively short space of time.

It's going to be a long process to get the club where they want, but the influx of funds at Sixfields may well inject a new-found confidence ahead of the new season, giving QPR something extra to think about as they prepare to square up in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday 8th August.