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QPR pass on signing Newcastle winger Routledge

QPR have passed up on the option to sign permanently Newcastle United winger Wayne Routledge.

The Evening Chronicle says the return of QPR's former Plymouth Argyle ace Jamie Mackie - who suffered a horror knee injury earlier this year - means Routledge's presence is no longer a necessity under manager Neil Warnock, despite a healthy return of five goals in 20 games during their title run-in last term.

The door may still be open to a loan move once the season gets under way.

But he will return to Alan Pardew's first-team group and is available for United's friendly fixtures, which start on July 15 against Darlington at the Darlington Arena.

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