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Dozzell's QPR Move Confirmed
Tuesday, 15th Jun 2021 16:05

Andre Dozzell’s £1 million move to Championship QPR has been confirmed, the midfielder having signed a three-year deal with an option for a further season at Loftus Road.

As previously reported, Town have confirmed that QPR triggered a buy-out clause in the contract Dozzell signed in December. While the fee is officially undisclosed, we understand that figure was £1 million with the deal also including a sell-on.

“I am buzzing and just can’t wait to get going,” Dozzell told QPR’s official website. “I have been at Ipswich since I was eight and I will always have love for the club but I felt now was the right time to take this step in my career.

“This takes me out of my comfort zone and I just think it is the right time. My dad had good years at Ipswich but I’m my own player and I think it was time for me to move on.

“I spoke to Les [Ferdinand] and the gaffer [Mark Warburton]. They sold it to me. I was aware they were tracking me for quite some time. It’s always nice to feel wanted, so it was easy for me.

“They told me how they saw me fitting into their plans and how they can improve me – obviously there are a lot of improvements to be made, so it is exciting to come and play here. This was the right step for me.”

Manager Warburton added: “We are delighted to bring Andre on board. He is a player who really fits the mould of what we are looking for – he is young with lots of potential and he has that adaptability to his game.

“He can play as a deep-lying midfielder or further up the park, and with how we play and adjust our formation, that is vital for us.

“We have already seen it last season with youngsters such as Sam Field, George Thomas and Chris Willock – working with the senior lads is so important for them.

“Andre comes to us on the back of a very good season with Ipswich and I am very much looking forward to working with him.”

TWTD revealed this morning that the deal had been completed having initially reported in February that the West Londoners were watching Dozzell.

Earlier this month we reported that QPR were leading the chase and then last week were closing in on his signing.

Dozzell, the son of Blues legend Jason, came through the academy at Town and went on to make 78 starts and 15 sub appearances, scoring three times, including on his debut as a 16-year-old at Sheffield Wednesday, emulating his father.

The former Copleston High School pupil was among the many players told he could leave the club this summer by manager Paul Cook.

With the former England U20 cap's previous contract up this summer, the Blues weren't in a strong position when negotiating the new terms which were agreed in December, hence the inclusion of the buuy-out clause which stipulated that if an offer of £1 million came in Dozzell could move on it he wished to do so.

As previously reported, Blackburn Rovers and Brentford have also shown interest in Dozzell.

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brendenward35 added 17:24 - Jun 15
Played in the right position attacking midfielder instead of defensive one he was good take Hull game as example. Had he had the right coaching be a different story. He will do well at qpr and I wish him all the very best

essexccc added 17:35 - Jun 15
I am not at all bitter and wish Andre all the best. From a sentimental point of view it is sad to see an Ipswich lad leave the club, especially when his Dad was deservedly very popular.
Andre is a decent passer of the ball - sometimes more than decent.
But I'm not upset at a £1m fee. He is slow, fouls far too often when he tackles - probably because he is slow - and is not good in the air. He scores very few goals. He has had "potential" for far too long without looking anything like the finished article.
So hopefully the move will suit all parties but I do wonder if he can stand the pace of the Championship.

Nottsboy added 17:38 - Jun 15
Deal done move on, but time is getting short and still only 2 players brought in I can see a right F%^k up coming in 2 weeks time. Then all you will hear is we couldn't get the players we wanted unless PC's got a magic wand, I know it would be bad business to show your hand too early as far as signings go but they must have an action plan in place. All we hear is we have great expectations but they only come into their own when they are implemented I'd just like to know when.

Phil1969 added 17:41 - Jun 15
I suspect we didn’t have much choice in the sale once contract clauses are met, it would be easy to say he bottled it not being part of the renaissance we have been sold. Cook’s arxx in the wind replacing home grown potential talent with Div 1/2 lumps if it all goes pear shape.

brendenward35 added 17:57 - Jun 15
What's the point of saying something positive about our players because you just get marked down. I've got an opinion same as everyone else on this site. Like I said coached right and give him a bit of confidence his going to be a very good player. People seem to forget in his younger years he had great games for England as everyone was asking for him to be played in the 1st team. Did he player defensive midfield for England? I doubt it hence why I said played as attacking midfielder he will be a much better player. No doubt someone will mark me down as they don't like people having their own opinions.

micky_1560 added 18:17 - Jun 15
Another player saying he was in his comfort zone at Ipswich!
Also says he is "Buzzing" to start at a new club, pity he wasn't 'Buzzing' each time he put an Ipswich shirt on!
I'll take 1m towards the rebuild, too lazy, too lightweight and probably did 1 good pass all game!
Let's hope from now on, each player has to earn the right to be in the team..

RobITFC added 18:24 - Jun 15
A good deal for us and Dozzel, her is correct "time to move on and if he has a good season or two will probably end up in the premiership, but was not going to happen here , a fresh start will do him good (hopefully)

Guthrum added 18:34 - Jun 15
Hopefully he will have a great career at a high level. Don't think things were really working for him here, for a variety of reasons (injury, coaching, how he was utilised in the team). A fresh start is probably best for him, with a decent Manager to go and work under.

In return we get a decent fee and the chance of a sell-on bonus down the line.

not_a_witty_name added 18:42 - Jun 15
Great deal for Town, didn't think any player from last season would still be worth 7 figures.

dangerous30 added 18:54 - Jun 15
Good luck and thank you

runaround added 19:02 - Jun 15
Good luck Andre

ringwoodblue added 19:09 - Jun 15
Micky - couldn’t agree more. Was he “buzzing” playing for Ipswich? Seems not. Our club became like a comfy pair of slippers to him and QPR have just bought him a new pair of boots.

Good luck Andre.

airliner added 19:22 - Jun 15
Sad to see him go, but we need to move on and take players that know how to get us promoted. Andre was not one of those. The comfort zone was too lazy under Lambert.
Better he moved on and have a better midfield partnership with incoming committted players.

lonelyblue added 19:29 - Jun 15
What’s with this “lazy” shiz, people? I might understand if you were to describe the whole squad as lazy, but I’m disturbed as to who always gets singled out for this kind of description. He played pretty much every game, didn’t get subbed early....I don’t think he played very well, but then who did? Why is the one who played all the games the lazy one I wonder? Lazy stereotyping?

blueboy1981 added 19:30 - Jun 15
Dozzell was definitely in his ‘comfort zone’ with us - and didn’t need to do more than he did - it was all there to be seen.
Some talent - Yes undoubtedly - but he’ll not find the ‘comfort zone’ at QPR as accommodating.
His name has now reset to zero - much more will now be expected of him to show what he can do, and on a regular basis.
The Coasting is over.

micky_1560 added 19:52 - Jun 15
Lonely blue - I described him as lazy in the fact that he never looked for the ball from throw-in, never got ahead of the ball into scoring positions.
The number of times he would receive the ball and IMMEDIATELY give it back to the SAME player, achieving nothing except slowing the play down!
Maybe 1 really good pass per game, sorry, for me QPR have been mugged and if he does play a starring role, why didn't he do it for us?

itfcserbia added 20:12 - Jun 15
Sad to see any youngster go but this will help a lot with the FFP.

jas0999 added 20:22 - Jun 15
Great move all round. The fee is very good plus add on. Allows Dozzell to move on and develop.

Pendejo added 20:38 - Jun 15
£1m plus add ons?

Are they getting the whole team?I

Good luck Dozzell jnr, look forward to getting another £1m when you get sold into Chelsea.

ITFC_Singapore added 21:14 - Jun 15
'Dozzell's delivery hits the first man'

coolcat added 21:33 - Jun 15
Congratulations Andre! Best of luck at QPR.

Saxonblue74 added 21:41 - Jun 15
Essexccc, spot on. Would have written that myself had I not read your post first!

Roo added 22:24 - Jun 15
Given the season he had with a lack of goals, persistant fouls, his apparent lack of energy and generally how lightweight and easily brushed off the ball he was, I am delighted with 1 million and the sell on. Win win !! There is potential in him and Warburton could find it so will be an interesting watch but we move forward !

GatesofDelirium added 22:49 - Jun 15
I think QPR have a great deal here - only 1 million for Dozzell. He was one of the few players in our entire squad with a bit of skill and some guile. I will be watching his career closely as I believe we will regret selling him.
If he was actually lazy don't you think the previous 3 managers he played under, as well as the current one, would have yanked him off at half-time in any of those games he played for us? On his day, one of the few players worth the entrance fee. A shame those performances were few and far between but unsurprising considering the paucity of talent in our squad the last couple of seasons. Regardless I wish him well, except when we play QPR the season after next...

DifferentGravy added 22:51 - Jun 15
Best of luck Andre

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