Soon to be appointed QPR manager Mark Hughes has been promised a £30m transfer kitty by chairman Tony Fernandes and Didier Drogba is apparently one of his targets.
Hughes is set to be unveiled on Wednesday as the new QPR gaffer following Fernandes’ decision to sack Neil Warnock.
The Ivorian forward recently rejected Chelsea’s offer of a new one-year deal and he is keen on one final huge pay day before he retires while Fernandes has the financial clout to attract the forward across west-London. His wages would cost QPR in excess of £120,000 per week – an astronomical amount for a club that just ten years ago had to rely on a fan to fund the £350,000 transfer of centre back Dan Shittu.
But Fernandes has already showed he is willing to stump up money to accommodate big-name players with both Shaun Wright Phillips and Joey Barton reportedly earning in excess of £70,000 per week following their transfers in the summer.
No transfer fee would be required as Drogba is in the final stages of a Chelsea contract that has seen him win the Premier League and FA Cup three times.
Drogba is holding out for a two-year-deal but Chelsea are not keen on extending a contract of a player who is 33 years-old.
However, whether the deal can be struck between the clubs, who have a spikey relationship at the moment, is another matter.
The two clubs are still involved with a police investigation over the alleged racist abusing of Anton Ferdinand by Chelsea skipper John Terry when QPR won 1-0 earlier in the season.