QPR Move for Brazilian Striker Collapses

Queens Park Rangers have failed in their attempts to sign Brazilian striker Henrique after his work permit application was rejected.

A QPR spokesman said: "He didn't get a work permit for various reasons."

The BBC have claimed that the west London club will not appeal the decision.

It was always going to be tough to secure a work permit given Henrique's lack of senior level experience and the absence of full international caps.

The 20-year-old Sao Paulo forward was hopeful of signing for QPR after speaking with manager Mark Hughes that would have seen him join the club on an 18 month loan deal with a permanent transfer option.

Henrique, who was named player of the tournament at last summer's Under-20 World Cup, told the Sun: "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.

"I want to go to a club with ambition and to play in London would be a fantastic opportunity.

"The manager is known everywhere. He played for great clubs like Manchester United and Barcelona.

"As a striker, I know I can learn so much from him. I've always wanted to play in Europe and, for me, England has the most exciting league in the world."