QPR defender Fitz Hall is reportedly not in the plans of new manager Mark Hughes and is attracting the attention of Newcastle in a £2m deal.
Hughes took over the reins at the west-Londoners on Wednesday following the sacking of former boss Neil Warnock.
The Welshman is very keen to stamp his own authority on the squad and has targeted the centre-half area as the biggest weakness in the squad. Anton Ferdinand and Danny Gabbidon are two players that Hughes reportedly wants to keeps but fringe players like Hall have been advised to find another club.
He has already tabled bids for Christopher Samba and Alex, which pretty much means that current third choice Hall’s chances of featuring for Hughes this season are slim to none. Hall’s injury record also isn’t adhering him to the new manager – as most QPR fans will tell you, the lanky centre-half has spent more time in the treatment room rather than on the pitch.
When fit and raring to go, however, Hall is a talented player and his availability has alerted Newcastle, who are on the lookout for defensive reinforcements.
Fabricio Coloccini is rumoured to leaving for Arsenal which would leave Mike Williamson and the currently injured Steven Taylor the only options available to Pardew in that department.
Hall actually had a successful loan spell from QPR at the north-east club in 2010 – playing a huge part in their promotion season from the Championship. Newcastle were keen to make the move permanent but the two clubs couldn’t agree a fee for the player.
But QPR are willing to listen to offers now as they look to bring big names into the club in order to preserve their Premier League status.