QPR manager Mark Hughes is set to make an improved £3.5million offer for Spurs’ midfielder Steven Pienaar according to The Daily Mail.
Pienaar has been surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane since his £3million transfer from Everton in January 2011, making just nine league appearances.
Rangers are desperate to improve their squad before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, and have already made offers for Blackburn’s Christopher Samba Man City’s Nedum Onuoha as well as securing Milan’s Taye Taiwo .
They lost midfielder Alejandro Faurlin for the rest of the season to a cruciate ligament injury in Neil Warnock’s final game in charge which leaves Hughes with the task of finding a new midfield partner for Joey Barton.
Hungarian international Akos Buzsaky put in a superb performance against Wigan in Rangers’ 3-1 victory on Saturday, including a stunning 30-yard free-kick, which may cause Hughes to give him an extended run in the side and temper any speculation linking him with Pienaar. Buzsaky starred for Rangers in the Championship following his transfer from Plymouth in 2007 but a succession of injuries left him well down the pecking order under Warnock.
With Adel Taarabt also due to return from the African Cup of Nations, Pienaar would be a luxury signing. Whilst the South African looked a class act at Everton, the prolonged transfer battle between Chelsea and Spurs for his signature raised questions about his hunger as he reportedly chose Spurs simply because of their better wage offer. With his form at the club fitful at best, a 29-year-old who should be at the peak of his powers looks content simply to pick up his weekly wage packet and may not be the best prospect for a club scrapping at the wrong end of the table.
There is also the suspicion that Rangers are using the speculation as a smokescreen for their real transfer targets. Hughes swooped for Taiwo when the Milan defender looked set to join Arsenal and with Kia Joorabchian’s list of contacts on speed-dial an unmotivated and under-performing midfielder is probably not top of Hughes’ wishlist.
Following Rangers’ victory over Wigan Hughes declared that he may not make as many new signings as expected but Rangers are likely to sign at least a couple of defenders and a striker before the end of the month in an attempt to preserve their Premier League status.
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