QPR have completed the loan signing of West Ham United front-man Mauro Zarate.
The 27 year-old attacker has put pen to paper on a deal until the end of the 2014/15 season at Loftus Road and is in line to make his R’s debut against Burnley in the Barclays Premier League this weekend.
A gifted forward, Zarate arrives in W12 following a frustrating time at the Boleyn Ground, where he's been used sparingly by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce following his summer arrival, scoring two goals in eight appearances.
Last season, however, he enjoyed a prolific campaign in Argentina, where he finished as leading scorer in the Primera Division Torneo Final with 13 goals in 19 appearances for Vélez Sársfield, and 20 in 35 in all competitions.
R’s boss Harry Redknapp expressed his delight at the arrival of the Hammers striker, commenting: “We’re really pleased to bring Mauro in. He’s a good footballer, someone with great ability who can play as a number 10.
“I first saw him when he was on loan at Birmingham quite a few years back and I actually tried to take him to Portsmouth back then.
“He’s a more-than capable player, he’s already shown that, and hopefully he can come in here and do well for us.”
Zarate, who impressed in the Premier League during a loan spell at Birmingham City in 2008, is relishing the opportunity to prove his worth once again in the biggest and best league in the world.
“I am happy,” he said. “I need this, I need to play and Queens Park Rangers have given me this chance to show what I can do. The Premier League is the best in the world at this moment. Does my style suit the Premier League? Maybe. We will see!
“When I met the manager he told me he wanted to sign me for Portsmouth before, but in that moment I went to Lazio. But now I am here and will play for him.
“I will try to do different things with the ball, some skills to make the difference for the team, for me and for the other players. I am fit and I hope I can be involved on Saturday.”
Zarate will wear squad number 29.
Under the terms of the loan deal, Zarate will not be eligible to feature against the Hammers when the two clubs meet in the Premier League at Loftus Road on Saturday 25th April.