QPR thwarted in bid to sign Brazilian striker Henrique
QPR have failed in their bid to sign Brazilian striker Henrique after a work permit application was turned down.
Henrique had spoken to new QPR manager Mark Hughes about joining from Sao Paulo on a reported 18-month loan deal, with a permanent transfer option.
The 20-year-old, the player of the tournament at the Under-20 World Cup last summer, claimed the move was "a fantastic opportunity".
However, the BBC understands that the club will not appeal at the decision.
A QPR spokesman said: "He didn't get a work permit for various reasons."
It was determined at a hearing on Monday that Henrique did not satisfy the required criteria for a permit.
WHO IS HENRIQUE?
- Born: 27 May 1991, Brasilia
- Full Name: Henrique Almeida Caixeta Nascentes
- Club: Sao Pualo
- Loaned to Brazilian side Vitoria in 2011
- Top scorer at 2011 Under-20 World Cup with five goals
Reasons for the refusal would have included his limited experience in club football, and the absence of senior international caps.
Henrique had told the Sun : "I know a lot of clubs are interested in me but, when I spoke to Mark Hughes and QPR, they made me feel very excited about their plans.
"I want to go to a club with ambition and to play in London would be a fantastic opportunity.
"The manager is known everywhere. He played for great clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona.
"As a striker, I know I can learn so much from him. I've always wanted to play in Europe and, for me, England has the most exciting league in the world."