QPR manager Neil Warnock has admitted to an attacking midfield dilemma, as Kieron Dyer joins the team and offers competition to Adel Taarabt in the coming campaign.
Warnock’s squad was bolstered by the arrival of former England international Dyer earlier in the week, a potential replacement for the Moroccan playmaker amidst reported interest from Arsenal and Paris St. Germain.
The French side were even reported to have prepared a £13 million offer for the 22-year-old, and Warnock admits he was braced to lose the former Spurs starlet.
"In truth, with all the speculation I thought Adel might be moving,” said Warnock.
Taarabt had previously spoken on the interest, confirming Barclays Premier League teams were keen on his services. He said: "I had contact with Arsenal and Chelsea, but it is a little muddled."
Warnock is delighted to have Dyer on board though, and believes the former West Ham United midfielder will fit in well with his new teammates at Loftus Road.
The free transfer addition will also provide Taarabt with competition for a starting spot with the Hoops, which can only be good in the west Londoners' battle for survival this season.
“Kieron’s pace would be ideal for that role. Money didn’t even come into the reckoning. And you can call it one of those manager inklings if you like," he continued.
“I could see myself getting on well with him. When I met Kieron it was all about him wanting to play again and prove past injuries were behind him.”
"[Taarabt] is keen to get started again, and so for the time being I have two excellent players who can fill the gap.”
First team coach Keith Curle is also expecting big things from the Moroccan this term, and is hoping the maverick can prove himself on the big stage.
He told talkSPORT: “Adel knows when he goes on the pitch he has to make something happen, he’s not focussing on anything else. He knows he’s got to produce.”
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