Hughes wants quality additions

New QPR boss ready to dip into January transfer market

Mark Hughes: Planning to bolster his ranks, but is reluctant to name his targets

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Mark Hughes has money available and will be looking to add to his Queens Park Rangers squad, with goals and players of 'quality' topping his January wish list.

Hughes took in his first day on the training ground on Wednesday, with the Welshman having been asked to fill the void created by QPR's decision to part with Neil Warnock.

He has been charged with the task of steering the club to Premier League safety and paving the way for a brighter future.

The need for fresh faces has already been highlighted by Hughes and he has reiterated his desire to get bodies on board as quickly as possible, especially as QPR's misfiring forwards have found the target just 19 times this season - the second lowest return in the top flight.

"There are certainly areas that need addressing, that's fair to say," Hughes told Sky Sports News HD.

"But I'll take my time because it's important to recognise the strength of the group. I need to assess that so that I am clear in my own mind what needs to be done.

"At Premier League level you need to take chances and score goals, that's crucial. If I feel we need to strengthen in that area, then we will do that."


It was reported on Hughes' first day in the Loftus Road hot-seat that a bid has been lodged for Chelsea defender Alex.

Hughes has refused to confirm that an offer has been put to the Blues, but he admits that the Brazilian is of the quality he is looking to bring in.

"I'm always wary of talking about players by name, but there is interest in top quality players," he added.

"The one you mentioned is very much at that level. We would hope to bring that quality of player to the club if it is possible."

Numerous other names from Hughes' managerial past have been linked with an imminent move to Loftus Road, but the new QPR coach insists he will continue to play his cards close to his chest.

"There are lots of players out there who could come in and help us, but it would be wrong of me to talk about them," he said.

"If there are quality players available and they are attainable, we will try to do that. But January is a very difficult month to manage. If we can get good quality players in, I will be delighted."

QPR, though, have also told Sky Sports sources that they have made an official approach for Nedum Onuoha.