Queens Park Rangers are set to hit the transfer market with a move for former Fulham and England striker Andy Johnson on a free transfer.
Mark Hughes is starting his dealings by bringing in players he’s familiar with. His former Blackburn defender Ryan Nelsen has signed on a one year deal from Tottenham Hostpur and he looks set to follow the move up by bringing in Johnson, a player he managed whilst he was with Fulham.
It’s a clear signal of intent that QPR are trying to bring in experienced Premier League players, adding to their January recruits of Bobby Zamora and Djibril Cisse. Given that those two will most probably be the starting striker, is Johnson just a depth signing? You have to imagine that he’ll be on fairly big wages having turned down a move to the United Arab Emirates, so is this really a wise signing by QPR?
His injury record is pretty horrendous but he has enjoyed reasonable success with Crystal Palace and Everton in the Premier League before, so Hughes must be hoping that Johnson can rediscover his form and overcome the injuries to help QPR progress in their second season back in the top flight. On a free transfer, Johnson could be a valuable signing for QPR but my reservations come from his wages in relation to his injury record. Fortunately, Tony Fernandes is ploughing money into the club so they should be able to afford him comfortably, but no club likes losing money unnecessarily.
Meanwhile, QPR are also looking to sign Celtic midfield Ki Sung-Yueng according to the Sunday Mail and Tuttomercato. The South Korean international is also attracting interest from Russia with Rubin Kazan lining up a move for the midfielder. With Joey Barton set to miss the first 12 matches of the season, Hughes will be looking to add some depth to his midfield and Sung-Yueng could fit the bill, though Rubin could offer him a lot of money to move to Russia.