While negotiations between AC Milan and Queens Park Rangers over a permanent deal for Adel Taarabt roll on, it is being suggested that the Moroccan's teammates in West London are hoping he does leave.
Taarabt has been one of the unexpected success stories of the winter transfer window, joining Milan on loan for the rest of the season and turning in a series of impressive performances.
The enigmatic midfielder's efforts have been sufficient to convince Milan's vice-president Adriano Galliani that he should try and sign Taarabt permanently.
Talks have begun with Milan attempting to significantly reduce QPR's asking price of £6m to closer to half that sum.
While QPR have been holding firm in talks, it appears that Milan may have a hidden advantage in that reports suggest Taarabt won't be welcomed back with open arms should no deal be agreed.
It is suggested that this may put pressure on the West London side to reduce the asking price and agree a deal with Milan.
Taarabt has made no secret of his desire to stay with the Rossoneri and it seems it could be mutually beneficial for an agreement to be reached.