Loftus Road side prepare to offload massive chunk of Super Hoops squad.
Queens Park Rangers are preparing for a max exodus of players this summer, led by Stephane Mbia and Samba Diakite, according to Sky Sports.
Having spent millions of pounds on largely ineffective signings, QPR paid the price for their excessive spending and lack of structure with relegation to the Championship last season. Their big name signings on large wages and long-term contracts meant that the bulk of Harry Redknapp’s current squad would have to be sold if they wish to balance their books.
The squad turnover began with the release of several signings upon their return to the Premier League, which include strikers Jay Bothroyd, DJ Campbell and Djibril Cisse, along with defender Tal Ben Haim and goalkeeper Radek Cerny. However, Redknapp has been unable thus far to alleviate all his unwanted players, which include Diakite, Mbia, as well as Loic Remy and Julio Cesar, all seeking a return to Premier League football.
Mbia, 27, is subject to interest from Arsenal, Aston Villa and Swansea, with the former Marseille defender keen to leave the club. Being able to play in both defence and midfield is an attractive quality of Mbia, who’s looking forward to a return to the Premier League. Meanwhile, Diakite, 24, is a target for Fulham and Stoke. Mark Hughes, current Stoke boss and former QPR manager, signed Diakite while he was at the club, and is keen to bring him to Stoke with him.
Having managed to re-sell Chris Samba back to Anzhi, QPR are actively looking for buyers for Loic Remy and Julio Cesar. Both players are targets for Arsenal, who are reportedly close to signing Cesar for £1.5million. Remy, who is also interesting Newcastle, is reportedly available for nearer £9million.