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QPR battle Champions League club for Hoilett as Newcastle step aside

| 12.07.2012

At least half-a-dozen clubs have shown an interest in signing Junior Hoilett this summer, but it seems that it is QPR and Borussia Monchengladbach that head the shortlist to secure his signature.

The big decision facing Hoilett is whether to stay in England and return to the Premier League after Blackburn’s relegation or head to Germany and potentially be closer to his brother Jaineil, who currently plays for Mainz.

With Hoilett out of contract at Blackburn, under normal rules he would be able to walk away from the club on a free transfer.

But given that he is under the age of 24, Blackburn are entitled to seek compensation for the Canadian attacker and this is what is putting off some of his suitors.

Newcastle would be a positive move for Hoilett as they look to press on with their development this season and challenge again for a spot in the top four.

Meanwhile, he would perhaps be able to hold down a more regular starting spot at Everton and build his career further for a couple of years.

However, both clubs are reluctant to pay the compensation sum, alongside meeting Hoilett’s wage demands that will be around the mark of £50,000 a week.

These terms have done little to thwart QPR, with Mark Hughes already showing his intent and financial power in the transfer market this summer.

Six players have already arrived at Loftus Road, including Park Ji-Sung, Rob Green and Andy Johnson and Hughes is keen to establish them as a top-half Premier League team.

If Hoilett follows the money, QPR are offering the best financial package, according to the Daily Mirror, but Monchengladbach could provide a grander stage as they are in the Champions League qualifiers after finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last term.

The German club’s chances of signing Hoilett would be further boosted if they managed to sign Luuk De Jong from FC Twente from under the noses of Newcastle.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.