Premier League - QPR sign Arsenal's Traore
Tue, 30 Aug 12:34:00 2011
Traore, 21, has signed a three-year contract with the promoted club and leaves Arsenal after spending five years with the Gunners.
He signed from Monaco in 2006 and spent season-long loan spells with both Portsmouth and Juventus after failing to secure a place in Arsene Wenger's first team.
Traore made 32 appearances for the North London club.
The defender's last contribution for Arsenal came as part of a defence that conceded eight goals at Old Trafford at the weekend.
"When I talked to Neil Warnock he was very passionate about what I could bring to the club," he told QPR's official website. "He was very motivated about playing me week in, week out, and that's what I need at this stage of my career.
"I've not been able to prove and show what I'm all about because I've been at two big, big clubs like Juventus and Arsenal. I'm looking forward to coming here and playing regular football. The ambition of the new owners and the calibre of players they are signing is something that really attracted me to the club."
Traore will wear the number 13 jersey at the west London club and manager Warnock was delighted to secure his signature.
"Armand has been my number one defensive target for a while now," he said. "I've been speaking to Arsene (Wenger) for a couple of weeks.
"He's a young and exciting lad who I think can only get better playing for a side like ourselves on a regular basis. He needs games and he'll get that here.
"Nobody has seen the best of him yet, but over the next couple of years I'm confident he'll show the quality that I clearly believe he has.
"He'll be a great outlet for us down that left hand side. He's got all the attributes you need to be a top, top defender."