QPR manager Mark Hughes is looking to end Barry Bannan’s nightmare season at Aston Villa and offer him a deal in west-London.
Villa allegedly wouldn’t have any problems selling the talented youngster as long as the price was right, and the £4m required certainly wouldn’t deter big spending QPR.
The Scottish international has had a turbulent season at Villa despite being one of the club’s shining lights on the field.
Off it, however, things haven’t been going well. He was given an 18-month driving ban after admitting drinking and driving when crashing his Range Rover Sport into a central reservation following a night out with friends.
He is rumoured to be disappointed with the lack of support given to him by the club over the incident – they publically suspended him whilst the investigation was going on – and is open to the idea of a fresh start in London.
QPR are on the lookout for central midfield reinforcements and their scouts have earmarked Bannan as the perfect replacement for the injured Alejandro Faurlin, who ruptured his cruciate ligaments two weeks ago and is out for the remainder of the season.
However, if the deal is sanctioned, it is unlikely under-fire Villa manager McLeish is going to endear himself to the already frustrated Villa faithful by letting go one of their most talented footballers.
They have been served up some real turgid football this season by the defensive minded, hoof-it-like style of management employed by the Scotsman. The club are setting pretty in mid-table as the football, if you can call it that, has actually put some points on the board and fortunately, for the Villains, there are certainly three worse teams than them in the division. Relegation should be out of the question.
Although with McLeish around, anything is possible, even selling their most gifted player for £4m.