QPR considering shock moves for Yann M’Vila and Pablo Osvaldo
QPR, 3/1 with Coral to finish bottom of the Premier League, could do a double deal with Inter Milan to land two of their most high profile loan stars this January.
The Nerazzurri currently count Rubin Kazan-owned midfielder Yann M’Vila and Southampton’s out-of-favour striker Pablo Osvaldo amongst the talents in their ranks, but could come to an arrangement with Harry Redknapp’s Hoops for the duo to depart early.
Wheeler-dealer Redknapp is believed to have both players on his radar as QPR hunt for reinforcements in an attempt to freshen up their relegation-threatened squad.
Any negotiations could see fiery attacker and ex-AC Milan loanee Adel Taarabt leave Loftus Road and head to the San Siro, this time to link up with Roberto Mancini’s men.
The Italian giants are thought to want both players off their wage bill, so the once highly-rated pair could be fairly simple to lure away from Serie A.
Bagging both M’Vila and Osvaldo on loan deals to bolster the QPR squad would be a coup, but also somewhat of a risk, with the two Inter stars no strangers to controversy.
France anchorman M’Vila, who was a transfer target for the Hoops before he made the move to Russia from Rennes back in 2013, was temporarily banned from playing for Les Bleus after visiting a nightclub whilst on duty with the France Under-21 team.
Argentine-born Italy international Osvaldo also attracted criticism after a reported clash with Southampton teammate, and now skipper, Jose Fonte in training.
Redknapp has a history of working with unpredictable players, however, so the duo are unlikely to faze him.
M’Vila, once supposedly tracked by Premier League big guns, has made 14 outings for the Nerrazurri this campaign but looks set to be frozen out by Mancini.
His agent, Fabrizio Ferrari, recently commented that “there are many teams on his trail, at this time the English club QPR is the most serious”, and, if the Hoops were to swoop they would surely benefit from M’Vila’s ability to screen the defence.
The 22-capped international can provide more than just tenacious tackling, however, and has the potential to dominate midfields and spring attacks from deep for struggling QPR.
Osvaldo, meanwhile, has netted seven time in 19 appearances for Inter, and his goal threat alongside Charlie Austin could prove vital to under-pressure Redknapp, and QPR’s, survival chances.
Under Redknapp’s wing, the Azzurri frontman would have a chance to rejuvenate his Premier League career after his disappointing stint with the Saints.
With the Hoops available at evens to stay up this season, the Londoners have little to lose by taking a punt on the duo, having already snatched West Ham United’s misfiring forward Mauro Zarate on loan.