Work permit issues preventing Zamora leaving Fulham for QPR

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Bobby Zamora has had a fractious relationship for much of the season with Martin Jol and he has now been offered a way out of Fulham by former manager Mark Hughes at QPR.

Zamora was the focal point of many Fulham attacks last season under Hughes and the Welsh manager is eager for the striker to perform similar duties across London at QPR.

New boss Jol would not prevent Zamora leaving given the differences they have had and if rumours are true that the fee is around £8m, this would seem good money for a 30-year-old.

However, with Fulham already short of strikers in their squad, Jol seems slightly reluctant to allow Zamora to leave without having a ready-made replacement sorted.

Pavel Pogrebnyak seems to be Jol’s number-one target and is available from Stuttgart for £3m following a lengthy period of injury troubles and a lack of goals.

But with the Russian not having a work permit as yet to enter the UK, the deal is currently being held up, while Fulham are still making a final decision as to whether to risk signing a player known for having knee troubles.

It would be no surprise to see this chain of transfers take until the closing seconds of the window to be confirmed and Zamora will simply be hoping that Hughes is keen to play the waiting game.

Hughes has also been linked with Tottenham’s Roman Pavlyuchenko and could decide to switch allegiances if fearful that the Pogrebnyak deal is in danger of falling through.

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Craig Kemp

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