Loftus Road boss hopes to nab Nou Camp, Stamford Bridge and Ewood Park additions.
QPR move for Chelsea’s Alex after failing with Christopher Samba bid
Mark Hughes has delved into the transfer market just hours after taking over at QPR, making a bid for Chelsea defender Alex and weighing up a moves for Blackburn’s Christopher Samba and Barcelona winger Alexander Hleb.
Hughes has reportedly been promised a transfer kitty of up to £30 million for the January transfer window, in order to help QPR avoid relegation.
Chelsea’s transfer-listed defender Alex is top of Hughes’ wanted list, and although it appeared the 29-year-old would return to his native Brazil, Rangers have made the first move and lodged a bid this morning.
On top of Alex, Hughes is chasing Blackburn skipper Samba, who he brought to English football from Hertha Berlin, but has already had a £5 million bid rejected.
QPR are also considering a move for former Arsenal and Birmingham winger Alexander Hleb, who is currently training with German minnows FC Augsburg, and has been made available for transfer by Barcelona.
Mark Hughes is not wasting time is he, the Welshman has barely been in the job for five minutes and already he is hot on the heels of some very interesting potential January transfer deals. Clearly after eight games without a win and with QPR dangerously close to the drop zone, chairman Tony Fernandes is keen to offer his new manager the funds to help the West London club turn the corner and retain a spot in the top tier.
Chelsea defender Alex may well be keen on the short move to Loftus Road and indeed the Brazilian has already had a transfer request accepted by Andre Villas-Boas. The experienced centre back is after first team football and Hughes is after a solid defender and it seems this may be an ideal solution for all concerned.
Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean will surely resist selling Christopher Samba as the Congo international as the Ewood Park side clearly need all the quality players they have to help avoid relegation and the big centre back is tied to a long term contract and therefore is unlikely to be sold to a direct rival.
Alexander Hleb has become the forgotten man at the Nou Camp and has been on various loan deals for the past three seasons and there are big question marks over just what the Belarus international can offer given his rather average spell at Birmingham City last term, also any move for the attacking midfielder would probably entail large wage demands.
This trio would cost around £16m to bring in, which is more or less what the Super Hoops hope to make from the sale of Moroccan Adel Taarabt.