Queens Park Rangers look set to sign Manchester City’s Joleon Lescott now that their return to the top flight has been confirmed.
Lescott had been in talks with West Ham United over a move to Upton Park, but it appears his wages demands scuppered a deal with the Hammers, and instead Lescott will join up with Harry Redknapp at QPR.
Lescott will be looking to earn more playing time than he did at Manchester City, and he shouldn’t find this too great of a challenge at one of the Premier League’s new teams. QPR are a cash rich club who are not prepared to spend however, which is proven by their lack of adherence to financial fair play rules in the English Championship which has caused the football league a headache on how to deal with it.
While QPR may have to deal with an impossible to enforce fine from the Football League due to their over spend last year, which may be more modest in order to encourage QPR to pay it, they will still be keen to invest heavily in their squad to ensure that the team does not return to the Championship immediately after gaining promotion, just like they did in the 2012-2013 season.
This means that they will be prepared to pay for quality such as Joleon Lescott, however it may also mean that should quality players become available, such as Rio Ferdinand who has also been linked with a move to QPR, then they will be signed to increase competition.
Lescott could well maintain the wages that he enjoyed at Manchester City, and while he won’t have the same level of competition he had with Vincent Kompany and Mateja Nastasic at Manchester City, he may have to content with more competition than he may be expecting for his place in QPR’s back line.