Saturday, 1 October 2011

Arsenal Plan £12m January Bid for QPR Playmaker Adel Taarabt

Arsene Wenger will reportedly attempt to lure Qpr youngster Adel Taarabt into a move from West to North London this January. The Arsenal boss is looking for further creative midfield options having lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas in the summer and has earmarked a move for the Moroccan
The 22 year old former Tottenham man has been a huge success at Loftus Road but may well be tempted by a move away from Qpr and has been linked with interest from a myriad of clubs both in the Premier League and on the continent. Super Hoops boss Neil Warnock had stated in the summer that he believed he could struggle to keep Taarabt at the club and the arrival of the likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips and Joey Barton may lead the newly promoted side to consider offers for the attacking midfielder.
Last term Taarabt racked up 19 goals and almost as many assists as he played a pivotal role in QPR’s title winning triumphs but the one time Lens youth team player’s demands for a new contact appeared to have resulted in a fair amount of acrimony between the player and his club and this could well lead to interest in a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are believed to be willing to offer up to £12m for a player who is said to have cost QPR around £4m in August 2010 but the Gunners may face competition from cash rich Ligue 1 side PSG who are also said to be monitoring Taarabt.
Whilst Wenger did bring in Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun on a loan deal to help cope with the loss of Nasri and Fabregas, it seems that the Arsenal boss is still keen to add more quality to his midfield and whilst Taarabt has relatively little Premier League experience the French manager believes that the QPR man has the potential to make it at the highest level.

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