MARK Hughes has admitted QPR’s perilous position is making it tough to attract new signings. The new Rs boss has fingers in pies all over the Premier League and Europe – but has yet to rubber stamp a single deal with 12 days of the transfer window left.
The club face a six-pointer at home to Wigan on Saturday, but will do so minus the services of Manchester City’s Nedum Onuoha (pic) and Chelsea’s Alex – just two of the players Sparky hopes to recruit and help Rangers out of the bottom three.
“It would be easier if we were a mid-table club looking down rather than up,” said Hughes. “Our league position tempers their enthusiasm and there is that worry (for them) they’re coming into a situation they don’t want to happen – as we all do.
“But if players hear the same story I heard when I joined, then they’ll be comfortable with it too.”
The manager agreed Rangers will have to pay top dollar to recompense anyone taking on the relegation challenge – but scoffed at the notion they were considering paying Onuoha £80,000-a-week.
“Financial incentives go hand in hand with attracting them here,” he said. “But some of the figures I’ve seen bandied about are way off the mark. It’s almost like think of a figure and double it.”