Mark Hughes first job at QPR to offload Adel Taarabt to Newcastle
One of Mark Hughes’ first actions as QPR boss will be to offload playmaker Adel Taarabt, sources around his representatives are rumouring.
If reports are to be believed, Hughes has never been a fan of the Moroccan’s talents and has told chairman Tony Fernandes that the club would be better of cashing in on the troublesome character with a tough relegation scrap ahead.
Newcastle have been mooted as a potential destination in a £8m deal, with Alan Pardew a big admirer, but clubs on the continent have also been enquiring about the player, including Malaga and high flying Levante. Taarabt’s advisors have always been firmly of the belief that the player would be more suited to the slower pace of La Liga and his full potential, which is massive, could be fulfilled.
Taarabt won the Championship Player of the Season award last season for his inspirational performances in a QPR side that won the title but he has found it more difficult in the Premier League. He has yet to score and lost a lot of respect in the dressing room since Joey Barton arrived at the club.
Many would expect the player’s career to be reinvigorated by Hughes, who was appointed last night to replace the sacked Neil Warnock, however, his future at the club looks bleak with the manager given a £30m transfer war-chest to bring in his a style of player that is likely to get them out of a relegation scrap. The Moroccan is insanely talented but is not one to put the team first rather than his personal glory – Hughes knows this and his keen to move him on.