Harry Redknapp has offered Adel Taarabt a QPR lifeline but has warned the wantaway forward to shape up or ship out.
The mercurial Moroccan was left out of the squad for last week's pre-season tour to Germany due to his poor fitness levels after the summer break.
Taarabt impressed on loan at AC Milan in the second half of last season but a permanent switch to Serie A has failed to materialise and he has been left in limbo as potential suitors are put off by his £65,000-a-week wage.
However, Redknapp is ready to welcome the former Spurs youngster back into the fold if he knuckles down at the club's Harlington headquarters.
He said: "The first day back training he wasn’t fit and hasn’t been fit to train since.
“Then he said he was going to Milan last week. He hasn’t gone so what we need to do with him is get him fit. He’s got to train morning, noon and night really, whether he stays here or goes somewhere else.
“I’ve got a lot of time for Adel. He needs to get himself in shape, like the other lads have done. If he does that he will be a great asset to us I’m sure."
Redknapp reckons the 25-year-old has yet to make his mark in the Premier League after struggling during his spell at Fulham last campaign.
However, the Loftus Road chief says Taarabt has all the attributes to succeed providing he gets in shape.
“He’s got fantastic ability and a point to prove really in the Premier League," Redknapp added.
"He went to Fulham last year and it didn’t go for him. He went to Milan and did great. If he was here he would be a big asset to us. We need him fit and ready to play."