QPR will complete the £850,000 transfer of Lee Cook from Fulham in January despite misgivings over the winger’s form.

The fans’ favourite has been missing for the last two games with a leg injury and failed to score in any of his 19 appearances before that.

But such is the esteem in which Cook is held, manager Paulo Sousa is happy to sanction the move back from their neighbours – and pocket around £1.5m profit in the process.

Rangers sold the 26-year-old to Fulham in July 2007 for £2.2m when the Hoops were desperate for cash.

However, he aggravated a knee injury in a pre-season game for his new club, ironically against QPR – and never made a first-team appearance for the Whites.

By his own high standards, Cook’s rarely shown glimpses of the form that saw Fulham willing to part with the cash in the first place.

Nevertheless, Sousa is convinced the winger has a part to play in the R’s promotion push and has activated a clause that allows Cook to join them permanently on a new three-year deal.