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NASSER EL KHAYATI JOINS QPR

1 February 2016

BURTON Albion striker Nasser El Khayati has today signed for QPR after the two clubs agreed a fee for the striker over the weekend.

The player missed Albion's game at Rochdale while the deal was being concluded.

It means that El Khayati will reunite with former Brewers boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who brought him to Albion in January 2015.

The 26-year-old striker was signed from Dutch side Kozzaken Boys and played an important part in the second half of last season as the Brewers won the League Two title. He was rewarded with a new two-year contract last summer.

Hasselbaink has now come back to his former club and offered an undisclosed fee for the Dutchman, with additional payments should El Khayati establish himself in the QPR first team and a  substantial sell-on clause.

Brewers chairman Ben Robinson said: “It was always on the cards that Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink would come back to sign Nasser for QPR.

“It is a great opportunity for him to secure a really good contract and the chance to play at a higher level this season.

“Given all the circumstances and after discussions with our manager Nigel Clough, Burton Albion have negotiated the best deal achievable for our club.”

Nigel Clough said: “We wish Nasser all the best he has done well over the last year.

“We don’t stand in the way of players if a move becomes available.

“It’s a great opportunity for him and we still think we’ve got enough players to maintain a promotion challenge.”

Hasselbaink stated whilst manager of the Brewers that El Khayati had the potential to play in the Championship.

“We think really highly of him and he's very good, technically,” Hasselbaink said at the time.

El Khayati has made more than 20 starts for the Brewers in League One this season and has scored eight goals.

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