QPR are in a race against time to make their final signing in this transfer window - and it all depends on the Olympics.
Ched Evans at Manchester City is the preferred target, but City boss Mark Hughes won't allow the Wales international striker to go out on loan until his record buy comes back from Beijing.
And the indications are that £18m Brazilian ace Jô is likely to go all the way to the gold medal match due to be played the day before the Olympics closes on August 24.
With the transfer window due to shut the following Saturday, Dowie will pray there are no hitches to the final piece of Hoops' jigsaw, even though Jô was an unused sub in Brazil's first game canter past New Zealand on Sunday.
Evans made his debut for Wales this summer, and was a big hit on loan at Norwich last season, but the 19-year-old is unlikely to break the stranglehold at Eastlands held by Jô, Darius Vassell and Benjani.
If the deal falters, Dowie will depend on the form of Samuel Di Carmine to challenge Patrick Agyemang and Dexter Blackstock. [25cf] KASPARS GORKSS admitted QPR were far from the finished article after nerves got the better of the team on opening day.
Rangers inched home against Barnsley 2-1 last Saturday, and the Latvian international revealed the joint Championship favourites were hit by a dose of stage fright.
A goal down after just five minutes, Rs hauled themselves back into it thanks to brace from Fitz Hall.
But the £250,000-and-two-players signing from Blackpool revealed the Rangers viewed by a near 15,000 crowd won't be a regular thing.
Gorkss said: "The next couple of games should see us OK,but we have a lot of things to work on.
"We can perform better than that especially with the quality we have."
Gorkss' summer transfer degenerated into a massive row with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston claiming Rangers had 'tapped' his player,and the defender admitting he thought the deal was going to be delayed another month.
He said "It was not a pleasant time for me, and I was disappointed how Blackpool acted.
"At one stage I thought I would miss out on August."
But he has good memories of Blackpool's last visit to Sheffield United, where Rangers are headed on Saturday.
He said: "Last year we drew 1-1 there. "We had a man sent off in the third minute but held on for the rest of the game."