QPR snap up £4m Cisse

The 30-year-old former Liverpool and Sunderland player has

returned to England on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Cisse has been registered in time to make his QPR debut at Aston

Villa on Wednesday night, subject to international clearance being

received one hour before kick-off.

“I rate Djibril very, very highly,” R’s manager Mark Hughes told

the club’s official website.

“I’ve watched him for many years and always been impressed by

what he brings to the table.

“He’s a huge threat to oppositions’ defences. He’s got great

pace, power and movement and that’s something we will hopefully

benefit from.”

He added: “His goal record is there for everyone to see. He’s

scored goals wherever he’s played. His record speaks for


“He was desperate to come here once we showed our interest in

him and we can’t wait to get the best out of him.”

Cisse only joined Lazio in the summer after a successful spell

in Greece with Panathinaikos.

The Arles-born striker struggled for form in Italy, although he

believes he can make an impact in west London.

“QPR have a hugely ambitious project,” said Cisse, who will wear

the number 23 shirt.

“When I talked to the manager, he spoke highly of the club and

where he wants to take it over the next few years.

“He wanted to sign me at Manchester City and now I am finally

here with him at QPR.

“He wants to achieve big things here – that was all I needed to

hear from him.”

He added: “I have unfinished business here in England.

“The English league is the best in the world. It is the league

that suits me the most.

“I’m really happy to be here and I can’t wait to repay the

club’s confidence in me, to get back to where I want to be as a


“I will always give 100% and I can’t wait to start playing


Earlier this afternoon, Cisse, who had three years left in his

contract with the Roman outfit, bade farewell to Lazio fans.

“I want to thank all the Lazio fans for their affection and

support,” Cisse said on his twitter account. “All the people that

in the past few months I have met.

“I am sorry that in these past months I have not achieved the

expectations that some of them had, but I’ve always given


Cisse becomes Hughes’ fourth signing since taking over as QPR

manager from Neil Warnock following the arrivals of Samba Diakite,

Taye Taiwo and Nedum Onuoha.

Manchester United striker Federico Macheda arrived on loan

earlier this month during Warnock’s reign.