Rangers manager Mark Hughes is hoping his former club will sanction the cut-price sale of three players he signed during his spell in charge at the Etihad StadiumEXCLUSIVE
By Greg Stobart
QPR boss Mark Hughes is planning to launch a bid for Manchester City trio Roque Santa Cruz, Wayne Bridge and Kolo Toure.
With all three players each earning in the region of £90,000 a week and City desperate to slash their wage bill, Hughes could land the trio for under £8 million - £37m less than the total he paid in 2009 while in charge at City.
QPR, who are backed by Tony Fernandes, are prepared to offer lucrative salaries in order to secure the services of the three players.
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Santa Cruz has been made available for £2m after spending the whole of last season on loan at Real Betis where he netted seven goals in 33 league appearances.
Toure, who turned 31 this year, has found himself pushed down the pecking order at City but has been valued at £5m, while Bridge is in the shop window for under £1m.
QPR are in the hunt to secure established Premier League players after securing their survival last season but have already failed in their pursuit of Emmanuel Adebayor, who has targeted a move to a bigger club.