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Football: QPR MAY LEAVE LONDON.

Byline: MARTIN ROGERS

QUEENS PARK Rangers could be on their way out of London after a pounds 2.5million bid was launched last night to take the club to Milton Keynes.

The Milton Keynes Stadium consortium wants the stricken West London club to play in its new stadium, which is due to be completed in 2003.

Consortium chief Pete Winkelman is confident his bid will be successful as QPR, relegated to Division Two, suffer even more financial hardship.

Chris Wright, the owner of Loftus Road plc, has set 5pm today as the deadline for bids to buy the club. Wright, who also owns Chrysalis records, has ploughed millions of his own money into the club in a bid to keep it afloat.

Suggestions that QPR would merge with Wimbledon last month were quashed after a furious fan backlash.

But the Milton Keynes consortium are confident they have come up with a plan to appease fans. The QPR name would be retained along with the club's famous blue and white hooped strip.

There would also be supporter representation on the board.

Winkelman said: "We have real resources to put behind the club. They are fast running out of solutions and we are the answer to their problems."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 25, 2001
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