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Steve McClaren's transfer window message

QPR manager Steve McClaren hopes patience will pay off following the closure of the main transfer window on Thursday.

The R’s boss admitted, like CEO Lee Hoos on Thursday evening, that the loan window is where he sees value in improving his squad this season.

And with sides still allowed to add loan signings until 31st August he now hopes those players Rangers had previously targeted could become available.

“A lot of people will be frustrated by the lack of signings but as Lee said we know what we are doing,” McClaren told www.qpr.co.uk.

“We know the position we are in and we have to be patient as this window doesn’t close until the end of August. In the meantime, we have to try and get results whilst still looking to improve not only what is here already, but also with what is outside.

“We’ve really been waiting for the window to close because we know we can’t be really active in that. Any enquiries we’ve made about players have been met with ‘we’re not sure if we want to sell them’. Now squads will be released and then we can see what is available.

“There’s kind of two windows, you can still sign someone on loan with a view to making that permanent.”

Along with looking to add loan signings, McClaren was also delighted he was able to retain his existing players.

A number of enquiries were made in recent weeks that were turned down by the club.

He said: “It’s been a strange window, it carries on all the way until the end of August.

“For QPR first and foremost I am delighted we’ve hung onto all our players. There’s been a lot of enquiries about our players so to hold onto them is a first real step of encouragement

“I think that is what the fans have got to see when the FFP fine and embargo were announced there might have been some doom and gloom.

“I said to the players that this does not mean we have to sell anybody, we want to build upon what has been created. That has been possible so that’s stage one complete and now the second stage is the loan market.”

We’ve really been waiting for the window to close because we know we can’t be really active in that.

Steve McClaren