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Monday, July 04, 2011

QPR Report Monday Snippets, Takeover Rumour and Flahsbacks


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- Later this week (July 7), it's report back to training for QPR Players

- "Versatile-as-an-Egg" Ned Zelic Turns 40

- Three Year Flashback: THE QPR Curtomer Charter re Fans, Fan Forums, the Official Supporters Club

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Whispers inside Loftus Road suggest a takeover may be brewingNeil Warnock’s position could be under more threat should the QPR board sell up

Combine the wealth of their three owners and they are the richest club in world football, but the Queens Park Rangers board could be preparing for a bid from a Russian investor this week.

Sources inside the club suggest a Russian billionaire, believed to be worth more than Roman Abramovich, is preparing a bid to take over the west London club and considering the lack of transfer activity by the current board, there’s a distinct possibility they will sell if the price is right.

QPR was brought by Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone for £14m back in 2007 for a 69 per cent stake and the family of Lakshmi Mittal purchased a 20 per cent share in the club from Briatore four months later.

At the time QPR were in a perilous financial condition and fans of the club were optimistic that their new owners would inject a much-needed cash boost to the club, but while the new owners have stabilised the club’s finances, no significant funds have been invested as of yet.

Promotion to the Premier League was expected to be the catalyst for a series of high-profile signings but the board have remained quiet in the transfer market and with the business interests of Ecclestone and Briatore at heart, a sale is more than possible.

It’s hard to value a Premier League club but Randy Lerner brought Aston Villa for £62m in 2006 and Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley failed to find a buyer for Newcastle at £100m in 2009 having brought a 41 per cent share in the club for £55m in 2007.

Loftus Road is the sticking point in a deal for QPR and the size of the stadium means QPR’s valuation will be a lot lower than both Villa and Newcastle, but Messers Briatore, Ecclestone and Mittal would all come out with a tidy profit having seen the club promoted to the Premier League.

Like many of the transfer rumours we’ve heard this morning, a potential buy-out could just be hearsay but should QPR receive an offer for the club, there’s every chance the board will sell.

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Marc Bircham has told talkSPORT that there is more to Queens Park Rangers than just Adel Taarabt.

The 22-year-old Moroccan has been strongly linked with a move to Paris Saint Germain who are belived to be willing to part with around £13m for his services, with many claiming Rangers wouldn’t stand a chance of Premier League survival without their gifted talisman.

But Loftus Road legend Bircham reckons there is much more to Neil Warnock’s squad than that, saying: “[Adel Taarabt] was just a piece in the jigsaw. We have players like Paddy Kenny who won Players Player of the Year and Fans Player of the Year so he was just as big a part of it.
“Adel Taarabt did fantastic last year but it was the foundations of the team that let him express himself.”Marc Bircham

“Some of the other lads have done fantastic this year as well, Ali Faurlin, Clint Hill and Shaun Derry. They did just as well, they were magnificent. If you looked at QPR we were a very solid team.

“Adel Taarabt did fantastic last year but it was the foundations of the team that let him express himself.” Talksport

- Audio: Mark Bircham on Talksport on cost of Players

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- Flashback: Messageboard Discussion (including with Neil Roberts (RIP) re Fan Forums

- Three Year Flashback: Briatore Talking about "The [QPR] Project" and Having Patience

- Making Money From Pre-Season Tours

- Nine Year Flashback: "Argentine Padula Joins QPR"

- EUFA's Fair Play Rules Leaves Clubs With Unwanted

- Is QPR's Championship Trophy Being Kept in the QPR Safe?

- Year Flashback: New Contract for Faurlin?

- Two Year Flashback: QPR Linked to Faurlin

- A Few Past Briatore-Era QPR Statements

- Two Year Flashback: Goodbye to QPR Trainer, John Harbin and Update

- Two Year Flashbask: Camp and Delaney Sold

- 2 1/2 Year Flashback: Helguson and Borrowdale Sign for QPR

- Olympic Park legacy official suspended over West Ham clash of interests

- Reminder to QPR Official Site: Update the Official Supporters Club (OSC) Committee Directory!

- The Brainchild of a QPR Fan! September 3rd is Non-League Day

- QPR Friendlies in Italy

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