Midfielder Kieron Dyer joins QPR on a one-year deal

Kieron Dyer
Dyer's career has been blighted by injuries

QPR have completed the signing of midfielder Kieron Dyer on a free transfer.

The 32-year-old, who was released by West Ham United at the end of the season, joins the newly-promoted Premier League club on a one-year deal.

"I'm just delighted to be here," he told the club website.

"QPR are an ambitious club. When I sat down with Neil and he explained the vision for the club I wanted to be part of it. He totally sold the club to me."

He added: "I've got something to prove after the couple of years I've had, but I feel good and I'm really looking forward to playing my part next season."

Dyer joined the Hammers from Newcastle United in August 2007 for £6m but only made 34 appearances for the club because of injuries.

He also spent a month on loan at former club Ipswich Town this season.

Dyer began his professional career in 1996 with the Suffolk outfit before moving to Newcastle three years later for £6m, which was then a record fee paid for a Town player.

Injuries also figured during his time at St James' Park, when he suffered a hamstring problem which kept him sidelined for the first part of the 2005-2006 season.

Dyer's time at Newcastle will also be remembered for his on-pitch brawl with team-mate Lee Bowyer during the league match against Aston Villa in 2005. Both players received red cards and Dyer was handed a three-match ban.

"When a player of Kieron's ability becomes available, you'd be crazy not to be interested," said QPR boss Neil Warnock.

"As far as I'm concerned it's a gamble worth taking. He really impressed me in training and it looks like he has been working hard on his fitness throughout the summer.

"I instantly liked him when we met. You get feelings like that as a manager.

"He's had a lot of problems, but he's got something to prove. He's a hell of a good player and I still think he's got an opportunity to impress with us.

"He has a lot of experience and is desperate to play in the Premier League again. I like the hunger he's got and he wants to prove a point."

Meanwhile, Adel Taarabt, who has been linked with a £13.5m move to Paris St. Germain, is expected to report back for pre-season training with QPR on Monday barring further transfer developments.

Taarabt has been allowed to delay his return after spending part of his close season on international duty with Morocco.

QPR are also one of the clubs being linked with England defender Matthew Upson, who is a free agent after leaving West Ham following their relegation from the top flight.