Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bristol Sign Ephraim, Amougou on Loan

As the end of the 2011/12 league campaign draws near, Bristol City have improved their ranks – and their chances of surviving relegation – by bringing in some fresh blood.

The Robins have signed QPR's Hogan Ephraim and Andre Amougou, of Burnley fame, on loan until the end of the season.

Ephraim, 23, is a product of the West Ham youth system. He joined QPR in 2008, racking up 95 appearances and four goals and fans of Championship betting will be keeping a close eye on him.

He was sent to Leeds United on a short-term deal a year later, before find himself on the road once more, joining Charlton Athletic for five games. His spell at Bristol will be his fifth loan contract since 2006.

Former QPR boss, John Gregory, said, in 2007: "Hogan is technically very gifted and has the versatility to play on the right or left of midfield."

The Englishman can also play as a striker, a trait that should give the goal-shy City something extra going forward. Bristol have scored just four goals, this month.

Ephraim will be accompanied by defender, Andre Amougou, on the bus to Bristol. Amougou, 27, is a Cameroonian international, who has only recently begun playing in England.

He spent much of his career in Russia and Portugal, moving to Reading in 2006. He played 70 games for Burnley, from 2009, scoring three goals and those looking at the Championship betting odds will be wondering what he can add.

The two players, Ephraim and Amougou, could make their debut as early as Saturday, when Bristol take on Middlesbrough, in what promises to be a difficult clash for the Robins.

Bristol are three points shy of the relegation area in the Championship, while Boro are pushing for promotion, in sixth.

City also face Derby County, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley, and West Ham, among others, in their final few games of the season.

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