QPR Firesale? Top 10 most sale-able assets if relegation strikes

Adel Taarabt

QPR are by no means down and out just yet and will fight until the end, but given their precarious situation, it's only right to ask 'what if'?

So what if Queens Park Rangers do not haul in the seven point gap between themselves and safety, and end up relegated to the Championship?

Given the high hopes at the beginning of the season, and the money invested in the side by Tony Fernandes since arriving in 2011, it will not only be a huge disappointment, but words like 'disastrous' will be thrown around.

This is because of the big money fees invested in players - QPR lie fourth in the Net Spend table for 2012/13 - but the high wage bill too which is unsustainable in the Championship.

Given the Premier League's new television deal due to kick in next season, missing out on the lucrative sums on offer will be an extra body blow.

So it is inevitable QPR would have to sell their top stars to offset the financial imbalance - But who is most likely to be sold off?

We have put together a list of QPR's top 10 most sale-able assets, should an impending firesale begin...

Adel Taarabt 

It was not so long ago Taarabt was wanted by PSG, and while the French club have bigger names to fry nowadays, the Moroccan will be keen to clinch a big switch. It was only in December he was linked with Manchester United, and there will be a number of Premier League sides considering a cut-price raid to sign him up.

Loic Remy

Remy almost signed for Newcastle in January before QPR tempted him away, and rumours have already begun linking him with a summer switch. Arsenal and Inter Milan are the two clubs interested, and the calibre of both teams is an indication that Remy will not be playing Championship football next season.

Christopher Samba

Samba was signed in January for £12.5 million, and while reports differ on his wages, what is true is that he is unlikely to be on an insignificant amount. So QPR will be keen to offload him to save themselves the wages and claw back some of the transfer fee they spent on him, with Arsenal again linked with him this week.

Ji-Sung Park

Ji-Sung Park has been a disappointment at QPR this season given the fact he was supposed to lead the club into a new era of success after joining from Manchester United. He is a high profile player that a number of European teams would love to have, especially considering the Asian market, and QPR could attract a decent fee for him. However a report in today's Standard which says Park could retire at the end of the season could scupper any such plans.

Esteban Granero

Real Madrid allowed Granero to leave for QPR last summer, and he has shown flashes of class without being able to haul QPR off the bottom of the table. It is unlikely that the second tier of English football is where Granero and his advisors saw him playing when he agreed to the move, and expect them to already be angling for a switch away.

Jose Bosingwa

Bosingwa has been one of this seasons' major flops, arriving a Champions League winner, and playing like anything but. Along with a much-publicised falling out with Harry Redknapp, he may be back in the fold now, the right-back is on big wages and the club will be desperate to move him on and save some money, and it's almost certain he will not want to hang around.

Stephane Mbia

Mbia was signed on deadline day and has continually impressed since arriving at the club. He was linked with Chelsea in January as a potential summer target, with his versatility to play in midfield and defence a desirable asset. If he really is being watched by the big clubs, then they will look to pounce if relegation occurs.

Julio Cesar

Julio Cesar is another high earner, tempted away from Inter Milan, who has excelled at QPR this season after easily displacing Rob Green. Both Real Madrid and Manchester United were linked with the former Brazil international in January, and QPR could get a sizeable fee for him in the summer.

Junior Hoilett

QPR beat off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham last summer to sign Hoilett, who could face the embarrassment of his second relegation in as many years. While a key player for Blackburn this season, he has failed to shine for QPR this campaign, but he remains a talented prospect who is likely to re-attract interest from several teams.

Joey Barton

The most controversial name on this, and perhaps any list, Joey Barton has had a surprisingly positive season at Marseille. Last year QPR struggled to even give him away, but last month Anzhi in Russia and Turkish side Galatasaray were both linked with him, which could be perfect for QPR to get money for him and send him as far away as possible, permanently.

Who else should be on the list? Would any of the above stay?

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