There will be little sympathy around the Premier League should QPR miss out on signing Yann M'Vila, as if rumours are to be believed, Rubin Kazan or Zenit St Petersburg will have swooped to sign the player in a similar manner to how QPR signed Loic Remy.
The French striker was even closer to joining Newcastle than M'Vila was to QPR until a combination of Harry Redknapp and Tony Fernandes managed to convince him to stay in London.
No-one can argue that QPR were inappropriate in their behaviour, they are out to get the players they believe can keep them up, but the transfer will have rankled Newcastle fans who thought they were on the brink of signing a replacement for Demba Ba.
M'Vila seemed set to join Remy at Loftus Road, but a dramatic Sunday provided several twists in the race for the young midfielder. Firstly the Rennes general manager, Pierre Dreossi all but confirmed that his club's 2-0 win over Bastia would be M'Vila's last appearance for the team, and suggested that a deal would be done early this week. At that stage QPR were heavy favourites to sign the player, with reports suggesting they had already made a £8 million bid.
However late in the day significant Russian interest was reported, and it now looks like Rubin Kazan and Zenit have the edge in the chase for M'Vila, with speculation they have both made a £9.6 million bid, and offered the player £3.5 million a year.
Where M'Vila will end up is still not decided, as QPR and other English teams still hold an interest in the player, and his potential means that even outbidding the Russian sides at this stage could be a worthy investment.
Wherever he ends up though, QPR can have little complaint if it is not at Loftus Road, and Newcastle United might feel a little justice has been done if M'Vila does go to Russia.
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