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QPR signs former Spurs academy player Luongo

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The 2015 Asian Cup MVP is heading to the English Championship.

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Former Tottenham academy player Massimo Luongo has been snapped up by recently-relegated Queens Park Rangers. QPR announced the signing on their official website and their Twitter account, and Luongo himself confirmed the signing on his own Twitter account. The fee was not disclosed.

Luongo is a full Australian international who has 12 caps with the Socceroos. He was named to Australia's 2014 World Cup squad, but never made an appearance. He was also named the Most Valuable Player at the 2015 Asian Cup, which Australia won. While considered a promising young player while at Tottenham's academy, he never made his senior club debut and instead was sent out on a series of loans to Ipswich and Swindon Town. He was eventually signed by Swindon in 2013 where he has had a couple over very nice seasons in League 1.

This is a pretty astute signing by QPR, as Luongo is clearly ready to make the step up to the Championship. There were rumors around Spurs circles that Tottenham had a buy-back clause of £400,000 in Luongo's contract, but this was never confirmed. It's not known whether the clause even existed, or if Tottenham were just not interested in re-signing him. Either way, that opportunity has now passed.