EXCLUSIVE: Mark Hughes set to ditch QPR bad boy Barton
Published 22:25 14/01/12 By Paul Smith
Joey Barton is set to be one of the first casualties in Mark Hughes’ QPR revolution.
Bad boy Joey, 29, is suspended and will miss today’s trip to Newcastle.
But highly placed Rangers sources believe Barton is unlikely to figure in Hughes’ long-term plans.
Hughes took over last week, following the sacking of Neil Warnock, and vowed to grab the chance to build a club of substance.
Warnock was the boss who recruited controversial Barton on a free transfer last August and made him Rangers’ captain.
Another high-profile star at risk is Shaun Wright-Phillips, who has failed to make any real impact since a summer move from Manchester City. Hughes accepts that he has a major rebuilding job at the club and is looking to off-load a number of players.
But, with only two weeks of the transfer window remaining, the time may not be right for sweeping changes at the club.
Hughes is targeting at least six new signings.
Rangers agreed a fee yesterday to sign centre-back Alex from Chelsea.
The Loftus Road hierarchy will now have to agree personal terms with the Brazilian defender.
Hughes is also hoping to recruit rising young Brazil star Henrique – work permit permitting – on an 18-month loan deal from Sao Paulo with an option to buy him for around £5million.