PSG eye Liverpool midfielder in latest big money move

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Queens Park Rangers have already had dealings with Paris Saint-Germain in this transfer window and refusing to sell Adel Taraabt may come back to haunt them.

PSG have entered the race for Joe Cole and with the Liverpool’s midfielder’s £90,000-a-week wages proving a stumbling block in QPR’s loan bid, the French outfit are in pole position to sign Cole.

Cole has featured in all of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies as Kenny Dalglish gives the England international another chance at staking a claim to a first team spot, but Cole has still not settled at the club and his high wages are a reason Liverpool are looking to offload him.

Backed by the Qatar Investment Authority, PSG have become the Manchester City of France’s Ligue 1 and Antoine Kombouare’s side have been linked with Taarabt, Palermo’s Javier Pastore and now Joe Cole in this transfer window.

Kombouare has already spent nearly €50m in this transfer window having brought in seven players including Mohamed Sissoko for €8m, Jeremy Menez for €9m, Blaise Matuidi for €10m and Kevin Gameiro for €15m.

Add to that three youth team players have been offered professional contracts plus three players have returned from loan spells last season and Kombouare has 13 new players for the start of the new season.

The French club are still chasing a marquee signing and Pastore has been heavily linked with a move to France, but Joe Cole looks a more realistic proposition with Liverpool not asking for big money.

Pastore would cost somewhere in the region of €45m and while the PSG board can certainly afford him, it’s not clear if Pastore is willing to leave Palermo for France.

Ligue 1 begins on Saturday and PSG are 11/4 to win the league – second favourites behind joint favourites Lyon and Marseille at 9/4 – and they open their season the 8/15 favourites to beat Lorient at home.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.