McClaren suggests QPR are unlikely to make signing despite Sylla’s exit

QPR: Steve McClaren
Steve McClaren’s QPR side beat Leeds on Sunday in the FA Cup. [Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire]

Steve McClaren has given a clear indication that he does not expect to make a signing following Idrissa Sylla’s departure from QPR.

Rangers are under a transfer embargo during this month’s window as part of the club’s Financial Fair Play settlement.

Under the terms of that agreement, the club can make a signing under certain conditions if a player leaves.

QPR: Idrissa Sylla
Idrissa Sylla left QPR last week

It would have to be a free transfer with no agents’ fees involved and the incoming player could not be paid more than £600,000 per year or more than 75% of the wages the outgoing player earned.

It means that, in theory, QPR can make a signing having offloaded striker Sylla to Belgian club Zulte Waregem.


However, there is no expectation that will happen.

And in any case, manager McClaren believes recent results and the eventual return of injured players means a signing would be unnecessary.

He said: “I’ve got to say I look at the squad and we’ve got four or five injuries at the present moment – some experienced players. We’re hoping they’ll come back some time in February.

“For me, I’m delighted with the squad that we’ve got. The strength is the dressing room – the spirit.

“They’re a great bunch to work with and they’re taking that enthusiasm onto the field.”