The aftermath of every World Cup is laced with numerable formerly-unknown stars being linked with moves to the Premier League, but QPR haven’t hung around in sounding out the four internationals they want to sign this summer.
Harry Redknapp’s Super Hoops can be backed at 2/1 to be relegated from the Premier League this season, but he sees the combination of experience and exuberance this quartet will inject as the perfect drop-dodging solution.
Ivory Coast’s Serge Aurier will provide the latter element.
He’s the only capped target who will be in attendance at the World Cup, but the R’s face stern competition in the shape of Arsenal for the Toulouse right-back’s scribbling.
Prone to missing out on essential signings due to a refusal to rush at any stage of the dealings, no matter how urgently they need it completing, the Gunners insistence on taking their time could feasibly be capitalised upon by QPR.
If they blitzed the negotiations before the World Cup, the sought-after youngster who scored six goals and assisted as many in Ligue 1 last term could be on his way to west, not north, London.
To compliment the prospective signing of this effervescent, fledgling superstar, Redknapp wants to bring a trio of seasoned campaigners to ensure their ship remains at its steadiest when traversing tumultuous Premier League waters.
First off, he wants a reunion with the man he handed a professional debut to in 1996 – recently released Manchester United stopper Rio Ferdinand.
The 35-year-old will be offered up to £80,000-a-week to sign on at Loftus Road, making him the club’s highest paid player.
Claret duo West Ham and Aston Villa will provide domestic competition for the ex-England captain, but a combination of big bucks and a desire to relocate to the nation’s capital could see Ferdinand opt for the boys in blue and white.
To help screen the Ferdinand-marshalled backline, Redknapp wants to add enforcer extraordinaire, Gareth Barry.
Due to be released by Manchester City in the coming weeks, the ex-Villa man’s performances on loan at Everton in 2013/14 sparked murmurings of a Three Lions renaissance, but Roy Hodgson refused to be swayed on the matter.
Finally, the R’s boss wants to bolster his frontline with a move for another who may consider himself unlucky to have missed out on World Cup inclusion, Jermain Defoe.
This switch will only be on a temporary basis and will take place in January, when the MLS season goes into hibernation.
The ex-West Ham man has hit six goals in seven so far for his new club Toronto FC.