PSG bid £13m for unsettled Taarabt – but QPR would only get £8m
Paris St-Germain yesterday offered Queens Park Rangers £13.5m for playmaker Adel Taarabt, but the Londoners would only receive £8.1m of the fee, with the rest being owed to Tottenham Hotspur.
Taarabt, 22, is agitating for a pay rise at newly promoted Rangers after he was named Football League Player of the Year last season. He has claimed that Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle United are all interested in signing him, but the first move has come from France. Paris St-Germain have recently been bought by the Qatar Investment Authority, the investment arm of the Qatari royal family which is also rumoured to be interested in buying Manchester United from the Glazer family.
QPR however stand to receive only 60 per cent of any transfer fee for Taarabt, as they agreed to a 40 per cent sell-on clause when the Moroccan moved from Tottenham for £1m a year ago.
Taarabt struggled to make an impact at White Hart Lane after moving from Lens for £3m in 2007, making a total of just nine Premier League appearances in his three and a half years there.
He had spent the 2009-10 season on loan at QPR before making his move to Loftus Road permanent. Tottenham did however wisely insist on recouping a hefty proportion of any future transfers, as they recognised the possibility that Taarabt could start fulfilling his potential.
Taarabt last week said he is not prepared to remain at Loftus Road on his current deal. He said: "I helped QPR win promotion but they will not offer me a better contract. They say I am already on big wages. They want me to stay four years on the same terms. But 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."
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