It’s not often you hear a rumour like this at the Football Transfer Tavern, but sources at the Daily Mirror reckon QPR midfielder Adel Taarabt is prepared to snub interest from the mighty Barcelona in favour of helping Harry Redknapp’s side try and avoid the dop.
The Moroccan put in a superb display at the weekend, scoring both goals as QPR finally recorded their first Premier League win of the season over Fulham.
Undoubtably a special talent, Taarabt has previously caught the attention of England’s top clubs, but his inconsistency has meant he has never made a big money move. Although his performances have now seemingly made some of Europe’s top clubs sit up and take notice, the 23-year-old said: “I have been told that the president of Anzhi and people from Barcelona have asked about me.
“But I have just signed a four-year contract with QPR, and the chairman Tony Fernandes has told me that he will not sell me.
“I don’t know what would happen if someone offered £20million for me. But I love the club and the fans, and they love me too.”
Taarabt’s name first became familiar with English supporters in 2007 when he joined Tottenham on an initial loan from French football and Lens. It never really worked out for Taarabt at Spurs and he made the permanent switch to West London in 2010 following two successful loan spells with the Hoops.