Loftus Road side look to balance the books with relegation to the Championship on the cards.
QPR are set to conduct a major fire-sale if the Loftus Road, as expected, fail to retain their Premier League status. As many as ten players could be axed according to the Daily Mirror as chairman Tony Fernandes looks to balance the books to compensate for the massive loss of revenue associated with relegation from the English top tier to the Championship.
The players most likely to attract attention from prospective suitors are the likes of playmaker Adel Taarabt, Brazilian keeper Julio Cesar, centre-back Christopher Samba and French striker Loic Remy.
There should be no shortage of interest in this collection of talent and QPR will hope to garner decent fees from their sales but perhaps as importantly Fernandes needs to get their excessive wage packets off the balance sheet, with Samba’s contract alone costing the West London club £100k a week.
Others said to be on the list of probable outgoing stars include former Real Madrid man Esteban Granero, loaned out striker Djibril Cisse, disastrous forward Bobby Zamora, recently signed midfielder Jermaine Jenas and blundering keeper Robert Green.
Such wholesale changes will of course greatly reduce the quality of the QPR squad but clearly Fernandes has to balance the club’s long term needs with short term expectations.
Harry Redknapp has repeatedly stated his intention to remain at the club regardless of relegation but one wonders if the former Tottenham boss will be quite so happy to stick around if he loses such a huge chunk of his playing staff.