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Gregory hails loan star

09 November 2006 11:16
QPR manager John Gregory admits he would love to keep loan midfielder Jimmy Smith at the club in the long term. The 19-year-old Chelsea reserve has netted four goals in seven appearances for the Hoops, with Gregory more than impressed by the youngster's displays. He told the club's official website: "Jimmy is something else. He's earned the respect of his fellow team-mates and the fans and at his tender age, that is some achievement. "We've managed to get him for a further two months, but I wish it was two years." Meanwhile, chairman Gianni Paladini has warned any interested clubs that they will have to pay through the nose for in-form winger Lee Cook. He told the Kilburn Times: "The asking price is £10million if anyone wants Lee Cook. "There are several clubs after him and we know that people have been scouting him because he's playing so well this season."

Source: ESA