The Daily Mail is reporting today that QPR’s Adel Taarabt may want a move to Newcastle.
Taarabt – 19 goals in 44 appearances last season
It seems that contract talks between the skilful midfielder and QPR, the winners of the Championship last season, have now broken down, and the 22-year-old who has massive skills, says he wants to leave.
The former Tottenham player is hardly an easy player to handle, and manager Neil Warnock this week said he could probably only stand his antics through January, and Adel would probably leave at that time.
Neil was making the point that the player can be a problem in the dressing room, and is difficult to manage,
Like Kevin Nolan in the previous season, Taarabt was voted the best player in the Championship last season, and it seems he would cost around £10M, if Newcastle wanted to bring him to Tyneside.
The Moroccan International (10 caps 3 goals) has even said QPR could be relegated nest season, and that’s not too politically correct to say the least:
“They want me to stay four years on the same terms.”
“I don’t want to sign for four years then after one year I am going to be back in The Championship.”
“No disrespect, but if we keep the same players, it will be very difficult to stay in the Premier League when you are playing Manchester United and Chelsea.”
It turns out that in the final hours of the January transfer window, Newcastle made a £5M bid for the player, but of course it was turned down by QPR – they needed him to get promotion.
Newcastle could certainly pay the lad good wages, and they have yet to spend any net transfer money this season, even though they have already brought in Yohan Cabaye, Demba Ba and Sylvain Marveaux to the club this summer.
“I helped QPR win promotion but they will not offer me a better contract,’
“They say I am already on big wages.” “It’s a lot of money because I have not been successful yet in the Premier League,’”
“But when Rangers sell me, they have to give 40 per cent of the fee to Tottenham, my first club.”
Paris St-Germain and Juventus are also interested, but it looks like the youngster wants to stay in England, and he even mentioned moving to Newcastle openly, as he continued:
“Why should I go to France and play some games in front of 7,000 people? I like it in England. The stadiums are full all the time.”
“I understand that QPR have changed my life. People had almost forgotten me when I joined from Tottenham. But I don’t think they are being fair to me.”
“People say Newcastle will be good for me, that the fans love players like me. It is fantastic to play in front of 50,000 supporters every week.:
“I do not need one of the very big clubs at this stage of my career.”
That last line seems to suggest he doesn’t want to move to Newcatsle, if you consider Newcastle is a big club, but that’s part of the mystique about the player – what does he actually mean?
But perhaps he’s just saying we are not a very big club – which is probably what he means.
There’s no doubt that Taarabt is a very skilful player and would be very popular on Tyneside, but if Barton follows the Kevin Nolan lead, and and leaves Newcastle this summer, were are worried about how the dressing room will be.
However, with Alan Pardew said to be a big admirer of the 22 year-old – it could well be Newcastle are in the lead to bring him to Tyneside, and the club have to spend some real money at some time this summer.
Adel has played for QPR for the last three season and in 95 appearances he has scored 27 goals, and he signed permanently for the club last August from Spurs.
He scored 19 goals in 44 appearances for QPR last season, but I suppose I’m not entirely convinced he would be good for Newcastle.
What do you think?