Loftus Road manager looks to raid his former Etihad Stadium club.
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QPR boss Mark Hughes is reportedly planning a triple raid on Manchester City for Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure.
It’s understood the Welshman could bring the three players to Loftus Road for less than £8m with owner Tony Fernandes ready to back his manager’s judgement by covering the costs of their lucrative salaries.
Though this trio of talent set Man City back £37m this source believes that QPR could pick them up for just £8m this summer and given growing speculation that the Premier League title holders are looking to dramatically trim their squad ahead of UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) guidelines, there may well be some mileage to this rumour.
Mark Hughes purchased the trio when he was in charge at the Etihad Stadium and may well feel that all three could add quality to a QPR side that narrowly avoided relegation last term.
Of the three only Kolo Toure appeared in Roberto Mancini’s Premier League first team set-up last term, and even then only briefly. The Ivory Coast centre back has struggled to unseat either Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott in the Man City defence and may well be interested in a return to London where he was of course a huge success at Arsenal.
Roque Santa Cruz struggled to live up to his £17.5m pricetag and had moderate success during a season long loan spell at Real Betis last term. Wayne Bridge reportedly fell out with Mancini following statements the Italian made about the former England international.
The full back has spent time on loan at Sunderland and West Ham in recent seasons and last played a Premier League match for Man City in December 2010.