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Manchester United & Arsenal unlikely to pursue £12m Premier League playmaker

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Manchester United and Arsenal are unlikely to bid for QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt in the summer, according to reports.

The Daily Mirror claims that, whilst both clubs have held an interest in the player in the recent past, they are unlikely to match the £12million offered by Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Taarabt is one of ten players that the paper reports could leave Loftus Road at the end of the season – if the Hoops are relegated – as the club looks to balance the books in west London.

Owner Tony Fernandes has spent big on both player acquisitions and wages, but relegation to the Npower Championship would mean a major overhaul of the playing staff is needed.

And Taarabt, who is reported to have fallen out of favour with manager Harry Redknapp, is tipped to be one of the bigger names out the door.

Manchester United have plenty of attacking talent at Old Trafford, with Shinji Kagawa signed last summer and Paul Scholes still producing the goods for manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Wayne Rooney has also dropped deep to play 'in the hole' this season.

Arsenal also have a couple of options in the position, with Santi Cazorla and Tomas Rosicky both providing the creative sparks at the Emirates Stadium.

It all suggests that Taarabt’s future will not be with either the Red Devils or Gunners, and a move abroad could be on the cards for the maverick Moroccan.

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