EPL Transfer Rumors: Expect QPR to Be Busy with Mark Hughes in Charge

Andrew Jordan@@Andrew_JordanSenior Writer IJanuary 12, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  New Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes holds up a QPR shirt during the unveiling of the new Queens Park Rangers Manager at Loftus Road on January 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)
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So far this transfer window, we have seen a lack of active transfer activity by any side in the Premier League.

Even with Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane joining Premier League sides on loan, there has been no major signings and only some ridiculous rumors in the news.

However, that doesn't mean that the transfer window will remain inactive. In fact, there is a club in London that you can expect to see to be active throughout the remainder of the month.

No, it's not Chelsea, Arsenal or Spurs. Instead, it is none other than the Queens Park Rangers.

QPR are currently 17th in the table and have struggled in their return to the top flight. They are last in the Premier League in goals scored and outside of some of Joey Barton's antics, they have been mostly out of the news.

But once QPR decided to sack Neil Warnock last weekend, change was going to be apparent at the club, and QPR decided to bring in former Blackburn, Manchester City and Fulham manager Mark Hughes to run the club.

Hughes has been a manager that has had mixed success, but the timing of Hughes' arrival in the middle of the winter transfer window should signify that QPR are ready to spend.

Whenever a new manager takes over, they are much more prone to spend to get the players that they want or are more comfortable with and will want to sell off the players that they don't like on their current squad.

Hughes has supposedly already been assisted with a £30 million fund to spend on transfers this winter.

Both Bent and Onuoha are targets of QPR
Both Bent and Onuoha are targets of QPRMichael Steele/Getty Images

Some of those players include Nedum Onuoha, Wayne Bridge, Alex and Darren Bent. These specific players can be bought with money from that transfer fund, but not all of those players will move to Loftus Road.

Instead, expect players that played for Hughes at his three prior destinations to move to the club. Hughes will want to see familiar faces and utilize them.

This also means that players that Hughes is not familiar with could be on their way out.

For example, playmaker Adel Taarabt could leave the club. He is a good player and he is currently with Morocco, training for the African Cup of Nations that starts next week. 

Hughes has never seen Taarabt train with QPR, which could put his future with the club into question. There have already been rumors that he will leave the club before Hughes took over, and they certainly won't stop now. 

Considering that his value will go up at the end of the transfer window (remember, he is playing in an international tournament) and the fact that he was named the best player in the Championship last year, it could be a transfer by QPR that nets them a lot of money.

That specific move is just one possibility that could happen to QPR. Many players on the squad will find themselves in consideration for a transfer this winter.

It also doesn't hurt QPR's transfer situation when you have Joey Barton still out for a suspension and Alejandro Faurlin out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.

In order for QPR to stay up in the Premier League, this might just be the only way that they can stay in the top flight for another year.


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