Lazio enter race for QPR’s Taraabt
Queens Park Rangers’s star Adel Taraabt looks set to leave the club with Serie A side Lazio beginning their pursuit of the player who is thought to want a move from the relegated side.
Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain lead a trio of French clubs along with Lens and Monaco who are said to be sounding out the Moroccan’s representatives about a move away from Loftus Road.
QPR want to hold onto the 24 year old but manager Harry Redknapp may prefer to use the funds generated by his trasnfer to strengthen the side as they prepare to gain promotion to the Premier League immediately.
The midfielder proved somewhat of a headache last year along with a number of other players at the club and was fined £60,ooo for turning up late to a number of training sessions and ignoring coaches plans regarding his weight.
Lazio are sounding out Taraabt’s agent as they look likely to lose their star midfielder Hernanes who is set to join Manchester City after new manager Manuel Pelligrini missed out on his first option Isco who yesterday joined Real Madrid from Malaga.
QPR have also parted company with Djibril Cissé by mutual consent as Redknapp begins to clear a number of players from his dressing room who he feels don’t have the fight needed to compete for a place in the team.
The 31 year old was loaned out to Qatari club Al-Gharafa after Redknapp identified him as a source of discontent at the club, the former Liverpool player was linked with a move to Montpellier in Ligue 1 but their chairman dismissed the rumours saying, he did not want to sign “a guy who plays DJ in bars.”
Redknapp has already begun his summer trasnfer activity with the signing of defender Danny Simpson from Newcastle and suggested he will bring in a number of players, “He’s the type we want at the club. 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 for us. It’s a fantastic piece of business for the club on a free transfer.”
Simpson said of his switch: “From what I have heard from Harry and the staff I have spoken to, along with some of the players here 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.”
Another player who could leave Loftus Road for Serie A is Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar who has received an offer from Roma.