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Newcastle's Routledge looks on course for permanent QPR stay

QPR boss Neil Warnock has revealed Newcastle loanee Wayne Routledge will shortly sign a permanent contract with the Championship leaders. The 26 year old winger returned to Loftus Road on loan in January and he has scored twice in eight appearances.

"I think they've sorted out a realistic figure," said Warnock in the Fulham Chronicle.

"I can't give exact details, but I think we've agreed everything with the club should it go ahead.

"I don't think there's any rush for either of us. We'd like to sign him, whatever happens, but I imagine it depends on where we end up, because I think Wayne would like to play in the Premier League. If things went wrong for us, then he'd probably go back.

"He's got to be enjoying it because of the way he's playing and we're enjoying having him. We'd love to keep him."

Warnock added: "I thought he'd do well for us. That's why I chased him for so long and talked to him so many times. Pestered him, in fact.

"It can sometimes be difficult coming back to a club, but I told him it was a lot different now and I felt the club was geared up to let him play his best.

"I thought we were a solid side and I thought you need players like Wayne to win games and I'm delighted to get him."

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