Harry Redknapp has made his first summer signing at newly relegated Queens Park Rangers with Danny Simpson joining on a free transfer. A free agent when his contract expires at Newcastle United on 1 July, the 26-year-old right-back is keen for a fresh start after losing his place to Mathieu Debuchy at St James' Park.

Simpson has agreed a three-year deal. "I want to play week in, week out," said the 26-year-old who began his career at Manchester United. "That was the main thing. Harry wants me playing and he wants me involved.

"He's a top manager, and as soon as I spoke to him, I knew this was the right move for me. I've always admired him. He is a great man in the game and I have a lot of respect for him.

"From what I've heard from Harry and the staff I've spoken to, along with some of the players who I know well, they are very determined to put things behind them and start afresh and get back into the Premier League where the club belongs. I want to play my part in that and do everything I can for the club and the fans. I really think we can go straight back up."

Redknapp appeared equally delighted. "Danny's the type we want at the club," said QPR's manager. "He's a good professional, a good character and a good player who knows his job in the side. He'll be a really fine acquisition. It's a fantastic piece of business on a free transfer."