Queens Park Rangers target signings

New QPR manager Mark Hughes has admitted that he is eager to bring players of quality to the club before the January transfer window closes.

The former Fulham boss was unveiled at Loftus Road on Wednesday, and stated that although he feels there are good players already in the squad, he would be keen to add to it.

“There are certainly areas that need addressing, that’s fair to say,” Hughes told Sky Sports.

“But I’ll take my time because it’s important to recognise the strength of the group. I need to assess that so that I am clear in my own mind what needs to be done.

“At Premier League level you need to take chances and score goals, that’s crucial. If I feel we need to strengthen in that area, then we will do that,” he stated.

A number of press sources have revealed that the London outfit have made a bid for out-of-favour Chelsea centre half Alex, but although not confirming or denying the rumour, Hughes feels the Brazilian is of the required standard.

“I’m always wary of talking about players by name, but there is interest in top quality players.

“The one you mentioned is very much at that level. We would hope to bring that quality of player to the club if it is possible,” he continued.

Finally, Hughes has indicated that controversial midfielder Joey Barton will keep the captain’s armband at the club for the time being.

“Joey’s the captain and I see no reason to change that, as we speak.

“Obviously, I’ll be having conversations with all the players and understanding the dynamics of the team. But it’s not my intention to take the captaincy away,” he concluded.

Hughes’ first game in charge comes this Sunday, as QPR travel to take on Newcastle at the Sports Direct Arena.

By Gareth McKnight

 


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