Mark Hughes worked with the players he had last season to keep Queens Park Rangers in the Premier League. After Tony Fernandes bought the club at the end of the summer transfer window, Neil Warnock found himself panic buying in preparation for the new season. Warnock signed a whopping 16 players last season for Queens Park Rangers, but it’s Mark Hughes’ time to bring in his new squad.
Hughes could be looking to reunite with some of his previous signings made at Blackburn Rovers and Manchester City. Hughes might want to sweep in and make a shrewd move to sign Paraguayan striker Roque Santa Cruz, who has recently been loaned out to La Liga side Real Betis from Manchester City. Mark Hughes signed the two footed striker during his reign at Blackburn Rovers in 2007. However in 2008 Mark Hughes replaced Man City Manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. Mark Hughes continued to take a liking to the Paraguayan and signed him again at City in 2009. So who’s to say he wont do it again to beef up the QPR strike force which already consists of Djibril Cisse and Bobby Zamora.
There has also been speculation that Mark Hughes is set to make an ambitious signing to bring Christopher Samba back to England. The Congolese defender was invited by Mark Hughes to undertake a five day trial at Blackburn Rovers which resulted in a signing for the Rovers. In February Samba completed a move to Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala however since being at the club he has endured a difficult time being the victim racist abuse from a certain incident during a game against Lokomotiv Moscow in March. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he was to return to the Premier League this season alongside Mark Hughes.
With Paddy Kenny being linked to Leeds United, a transfer move to Elland Road will not be too much of a shock as Kenny will be reuniting with previous manager Neil Warnock. This makes room for a potential summer reunion for Mark Hughes with Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given. Hughes wants to take advantage of Villa’s recent turmoil and wants to snatch the 36 year old Republic of Ireland international. There is also speculation that if unsuccessful an offer is to be vacant for West Ham’s No.1 Robert Green.
Mark Hughes certainly has a lot of options available to him, with various relationships with players from previous clubs is an advantage for Queens Park Rangers as they get to dabble in the contacts to aid the future of the club.
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