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Done deal: Newcastle reportedly miss out as Championship rivals complete striker move

By Will Butcher

QPR have beaten Newcastle to the signing of Guinea striker Idrissa Sylla, it was announced on Tuesday.

Sky Sports had reported that QPR had agreed a £1.75million fee with Belgian club Anderlecht for the 25-year-old striker.

QPR have now confirmed on their official website that the former Zulte Waregem striker has put pen to paper on a three-year deal to join Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink’s squad.

The Telegraph reported earlier this month that Newcastle had made an approach for Sylla as Rafa Benitez was on the search for another striker.

Newcastle have already spent £10million this summer on former Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle and he is competing with Serbia international Aleksandar Mitrovic, Spaniard Ayoze Perez and youngster Adam Armstrong for a starting role.

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Le Mans academy graduate Sylla was on the Newcastle radar after he scored seven goals in 35 appearances last season for Anderlecht as they finished runners-up to Club Brugge in the Belgian Pro League.

Sylla has also started this season in fine form, scoring twice in five appearances for the Belgian giants.

The Guinean international, who has scored four goals in 19 appearances for his country, becomes Rangers’ sixth summer signing.

Both Newcastle and QPR have endured identical starts to the new Championship season, with three wins and two defeats from the first five games of the season.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are set to announce a deal for this young striker.