QPR complete loan deal for Zarate

Queens Park Rangers have completed the signing of West Ham United forward Mauro Zarate on loan until the end of the season, the Guardian has reported.

The Argentine was only signed by the Hammers in the summer after a prolific season with Velez Sarsfield, but has struggled to maintain a regular starting place at Upton Park, making eight appearances and failing to complete the full 90 minutes in any of them.

The player originally claimed that his lack of appearances was because he was signed by the club’s board rather than manager Sam Allardyce, but the 60-year-old responded by saying Zarate had not been good enough to make the starting XI ahead of the likes of Stewart Downing, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia.

A loan move across London to Loftus Road had been in the pipeline for several days, and Zarate now goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s game away to Burnley. Upon making the switch, he said: “I am happy. I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do.

“When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio. But now I am here and will play for him. I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players. I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday.”

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