Could Adel Taarabt become a cut-price option for Newcastle United?

At the end of the season if QPR go down, should Newcastle move for Adel Taarabt?

Tonight QPR face a huge match against west London rivals Fulham, which will help shape the remainder of their survival fight.

Seven points off safety the job at hand is huge, and with the real possibility of relegation on the horizon there is a chance the Premier League sharks are already looking at which players they can swoop for if the inevitable happens.

One of the most sought after players will be Adel Taarabt, the Moroccan playmaker who on his day is a matchwinner for the club, but has not been able to be consistent enough to drag them out of the mire they are in.

Nevertheless the chances of him remaining at Loftus Road are slim to none if they are relegated, he has attempted to move on a couple of times and was even linked with Manchester United back in December.

Perhaps a more logical destination for him if he were to stay in England could be Newcastle United.

In the North-East, French speaking Taarabt would find a place he could instantly settle, alongside the number of Ligue One additions Newcastle have brought in not just in January, but over the past 18 months.

While rumours persist over the future of Hatem Ben Arfa, who Newcastle want to keep, unless a huge £20 million plus bid changes their mind, signing Taarabt could offer an insurance policy in terms of a creative fulcrum if either he leaves or Yohan Cabaye gets injured.

With Cabaye recently speaking about the mental pressures of the game, combined with Newcastle's struggles when he was out injured, it is not a bad idea for them to bring in another playmaker with Premier League experience and a point to prove to give the team strength in depth.

Aged 23, Taarabt is approaching the age where he needs to step up and play consistently, and surrounded by players who could help him feel at home he could play the best football of his career.

QPR would love to hang onto him, and Newcastle are not entirely clear of relegation themselves yet, but this could be a sensible possibility for all parties of the circumstances dictate so in the summer.

Would Taarabt be a good signing for Newcastle? How much should they offer?

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