QPR to fight to keep All White Ryan Nelsen

TONY SMITH
Last updated 11:30 11/01/2013

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Queen's Park Rangers plan to appeal to Ryan Nelsen to stay on until their Premier League future is decided after failing in a bid to sign a Swedish international defender.

QPR's £5 million bid to buy Jonas Olsson was rejected by West Bromwich Albion.

Nelsen was appointed this week as the new manager at Major League Soccer club Toronto FC and hopes to leave for Canada before the start of the next MLS season in early March.

But the Guardian newspaper reported today that QPR manager Harry Redknapp will hold talks with Nelsen next week in an attempt to convince the All Whites' captain to remain at Loftus Road until bottom-of-the-table QPR learn their fate.

Nelsen's contract at QPR does not expire until June and Redknapp is determined his defensive lynchpin should stay until the team have guaranteed their survival or, as is looking more likely, are relegated to the Championship.

QPR are last in the 20-team premier league with just two wins in 21 games but Nelsen, 35, has been one of their best performers.

QPR face a daunting fixture list with a match against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend followed by trips to West Brom and West Ham United before a home game agaisnt Manchester City. 

''Redknapp knows he will have to convince Nelsen to focus on staying at the club most probably until mid-April at the earliest','' The Guardian report said.

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