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Henrique set for QPR challenge

Dmitry Bulykin (R) of Ajax Amsterdam fights for the ball with Henrique Adraino of Brazil's Palmeiras during their friendly soccer match at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo. (REUTERS)


Brazilian striker Henrique has said he is ready to join Queens Park Rangers and help the club in its battle against relegation from the English Premier League.

The 20-year-old Sao Paulo player is one of the most highly-rated young forwards in South America and had long been expected to join a top European side.

But QPR appear to have won the race for his signature after agreeing an initial 18-month loan deal, with a view to finalising a £5.5 million (6.6 million euros) acquisition in 2013.

The London side would need to get a work permit for Henrique and, although he is yet to win a senior cap, he is an ever present for Brazil's Under-20 side and was the leading scorer at the World Youth Cup last year.

"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," Henrique told The Sun newespaper.

"I want to go to a club with ambition and to play in London would be a fantastic opportunity. The manager is known everywhere."