Queens Park Rangers have secured a deal to sign Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, who will become the third new arrival of the summer at the Championship club.
Rangers are preparing for life in the second-tier following their relegation from the Premier League, and have placed their faith in Chris Ramsey who has been appointed manager on a permanent basis. The 53-year-old is determined to bring some stability to the Loftus Road club, and has already taken midfield duo Massimo Luongo and Ben Gladwin from Swindon Town in recent weeks.
And Ramsey has now completed his third capture of the summer, with Emmanuel-Thomas agreeing a three-year contract which will commence upon the expiry of his Bristol City deal later this month. The 24-year-old scored 12 goals in all competitions for the League One winners last season, but he will return to the capital where he began his career on the books of Arsenal.
“This is a new chapter for me and I can’t wait to get started here. As soon as I spoke to Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey and they explained the way they want QPR to play, it was an easy decision for me,” Emmanuel-Thomas, previously of Ipswich Town, told the official website of his new employers. “I’m here to come in and do a job and I’m confident I can keep improving as a player.”
In what has been an eventful day at Loftus Road, the club have also terminated the contract of Adel Taarabt by mutual consent. The Moroccan international was superb when Rangers won promotion from the Championship in 2011, but he has struggled for form ever since. He has had loan spells at Italian giants Milan and Fulham, and has now signed a five-year deal with Benfica.