QPR have sent teenager Dani Parejo back to Real Madrid - and are ready to offload Emanuel Ledesma as well.
It's the clearest sign yet the balance of power has shifted from chairman back to manager after the Rs boardroom dominated team selection during the last two months.
At the end of October, chairman Flavio Briatore was seething then boss Iain Dowie wouldn't pick the two on-loan starlets - and paid for it with his job.
But new man Paulo Sousa quickly decided the midfielder and Argentine winger from Genoa weren't up to the task of a tough Championship campaign and travelled down the same line of thought as Dowie.
Briatore was instrumental in bringing the pair to the club in the summer - Parejo through his friendship with Real president Ramon Calderon - but has reluctantly agreed to his new manager's wishes.
At one stage, the chairman was handing caretaker boss Gareth Ainsworth his own team selection.
But this week Sousa tapped the part of his contract allowing him complete control of first-team affairs and has also demanded midfielder Damiano Tomassi be included in the mini-cull come the January transfer window.
The 34-year-old Italian initially made an impact on his debut in the 1-0 win over Birmingham in October, but couldn't compete with the likes of Gavin Mahon and Mikele Leigertwood for a regular berth.
Those heading for the exit is also expected to include the permanent transfer of keeper Lee Camp to Nottingham Forest allowing Rangers to pursue Ben Watson at Crystal Palace, although sources at Rangers fear they won't be able to compete with Premiership giants such as Everton, also waiting in the wings for the 23-year-old.
An Rs source said: "We've already offered £1million.
"There may be a little more available. But what would you do if you're ambitious and the choice is between a Premiership and Championship club?"
Midfielder Adam Bolder is also up for permanent grabs after the former Derby player spent most of the year on loan at Sheffield Wednesday and with League One Millwall.