QPR have allegedly turned their transfer attentions to Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh after failing to attain a work-permit for wonderkid Henrique.
The Brazilian had spoken to new QPR manager Mark Hughes about joining on a reported 18-month loan deal, with a permanent transfer option but the club’s bid was turned down by the authorities as the player did not satisfy the required criteria for a permit.
This has turned Hughes’s eye to look further down his most wanted list and move for the Moroccan international, who is currently on African Nations cup duty but could fly back for talks sometime this week in-between games for his country.
The new QPR boss has been surprisingly pleased with the current squad he inherited from former manager Neil Warnock but his lack of striking options are a cause for concern for the former Blackburn and Fulham boss.
And he is rumoured to be a keen admirer of the talents of the Arsenal hit-man.
Chamakh joined Arsenal from Bordeaux in 2010 and became an instant hit with the locals, scoring seven league goals by November and looked the ideal foil for Robin Van Persie. But when the Dutchman returned from injury the 28-year-old’s form dipped and failed to notch for the remainder of the season.
Things haven’t really improved this season, but in fairness his chances of first-team football have been limited due to the incredible form of his Dutch teammate.
Chamakh himself isn’t in a rush to leave the Emirates as he wants to fight for his place but would find the opportunity to team up with Morocco teammate Adel Taarabt and Armand Traoré at QPR as a reason to leave the club.
The three are good friends and often spend time together in London.
Hughes will probably need to bid somewhere near the £6m mark to get his man but that wouldn’t be a problem for the big-spending club from W12.