He has been one of those players continually linked with a move to the Premier League for the past couple of seasons ever since bursting on to the scene with Rennes in Ligue 1. Now it appears it is more likely than ever that Yann M’Vila could make such a move with QPR reported to of had an official bid for the French international accepted.
However they are certainly not in the clear when it comes to securing his coveted signature. It is believed that offers from Russian sides Zenit St Petersburg and Rubin Kazan have also been accepted by his current club. While it was previously reported that a move to Russia was not on his radar that rhetoric seems to have morphed slightly in recent days.
It now appears he was simply not keen on joining Zenit. Competition for places with Axel Witsel and Igor Denisov who are already at the club not to mention the clubs fans recent racist manifesto have put him off a move to the Petrovsky Stadium.
But a move to Rubin is reported in France to be his first-choice ahead of a move to QPR. It would be a massive blow for Harry Redknapp’s men as he sees the pursuit of the troublesome M’Vila as a key factor in any survival chances the club may have this season.
Yet the signing of M’Vila may still be on the horizon with a bizarre ally and perhaps even a completely unknown one in the form of Russian striker Roman Adamov.
The 30-year-old striker was Russia’s joint top scorer in the 2007 season with former Redknapp tutee Roman Pavyluchenko and that led to big spending Rubin signing him from FC Moscow in 2008. He helped them to a Premier League victory in his debut season but soon found himself surplus to requirements.
Since then he has moved clubs twice first with David Bentley’s former side FC Rostov before settling at Czech side Viktoria Plzen.
So how is a journeyman striker in the Czech Republic going to have any effect on QPR’s fortunes?
Essentially it boils down to money as Rubin Kazan have been served with a transfer embargo for this transfer window due to unpaid wages that are owed to Adamov. The club is believed to be trying to settle this dispute with the Russian FA, Uefa and Adamov in order to complete the move for M’Vila but if they are unsuccessful it would leave QPR as the last team standing; and M’Vila with a simple choice.
Wait till the summer with Rubin or move now to QPR?
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