The “delighted” Ian Holloway has revealed that Queens Park Rangers’ latest recruit, Josh Scowen, turned down a move to a Premier League club in-favour of a move to Loftus Road, reports Get West London.
It was confirmed over the weekend that Scowen would be linking-up with Holloway at QPR ahead of the 2017/18 season, following his release from Barnsley at the end of the last campaign.
There was firm interest in Scowen from around the country, and Holloway revealed a “big” Championship club were looking to sign him, whilst another club were offering the midfielder an opportunity in the Premier League.
After snubbing those moves to link-up with QPR, Holloway expressed his delight, he said: “Les Ferdinand, Gary Penrice and myself met him a few weeks ago and we had a chat. We discussed what we could offer him and we told him why we wanted him. And he had other choices so we are delighted he chose us for the right reasons.
“Considering the choices he had, we are thrilled. One was a Premier League club and one was a big Championship club who would probably have paid more than we will.
“So for me he has come for the right reasons.”
Scowen has become Holloway’s first summer signing, and arrives at Loftus Road on the back of a successful individual campaign with Barnsley, where he played a significant role in helping the club to a mid-table finish in the Sky Bet Championship.
The 24-year old played in 41 of Barnsley’s 46 Championship fixtures, scoring two goals and adding four assists for Paul Heckingbottom’s side.
Despite Scowen becoming QPR’s first summer signing, Holloway will want to be active during the summer transfer window, as he looks to mould a squad capable of bettering the club’s 18th placed finish that was achieved last season.
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