By Greg Stobart
QPR face financial turmoil if they fail to avoid relegation this season - and Bobby Zamora could be the first to leave the club on a free transfer.
Goal.com understands that Zamora is one of a number of signings at Loftus Road who does not have a relegation wage-drop clause in his contract, with fellow January arrivals Djibril Cisse and Nedum Onuoha believed to have similar deals.
The striker joined QPR from Fulham in a £6 million switch on the final day of the last transfer window but he is already plotting his next move after being disappointed by what he perceives as a lack of professionalism at the club.
The 31-year-old earns £70,000-a-week and is ready to force owner Tony Fernandes to let him leave for nothing should Mark Hughes’ side finish in the bottom three this season.
Zamora will focus on trying to score goals in the remainder of the season but is making plans for next season as Rangers sit 18th in the Premier League, with a daunting run of fixtures to come against the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and both Manchester clubs.
“QPR won’t have a choice but to let Bobby leave for nothing if they go down,” a source told Goal.com. “The financial burden will be too much if he threatens to sit on his contract. They are in a real, real mess."
Bobby Zamora is 8/1 with Sportingbet to score the first goal for QPR against Arsenal on Saturday.
Zamora, who would expect to pocket a hefty signing-on fee, is understood to favour a return to West Ham if is his former club are promoted from the Championship.
|"QPR won't have a choice but to let Bobby leave for nothing if they go down. The financial burden will be too much"
- QPR source on Zamora
Most Premier League clubs insert clauses in players’ contracts to cut their salaries by up to half in the event of relegation, but QPR face a financial catastrophe having failed to follow suit.
Fernandes, the Malaysian businessman who bought the club for £100m last August, is understood to be ‘desperately panicking’ about the situation, which could have a huge impact on his personal finances.
Rangers would receive parachute payments in the event of relegation - starting at around £18m - but will be left with the wage bill of a top 10 Premier League club.
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