Clubs eye Derry as QPR boss ponders squad

Mark Hughes was last night planning to disappoint several Championship bosses by including Shaun Derry in the 25-man squad the QPR manager will submit to the Premier League later today.

A number of second-tier clubs have discussed signing Derry on loan if the midfielder fails to make the cut.

The signings of Stephane Mbia, Ji-sung Park and Esteban Granero, plus the return of Alejandro Faurlin, have nudged Derry down the pecking order at Loftus Road.

But Hughes has indicated that he is still minded to include the 34-year-old.

“He’s part of the squad.” Hughes told West London Sport.

“At present no-one has made contact regarding Shaun. Something may be presented to me but at the moment there’s no intention to take him out of the group.”

Hughes said recently that he also planned to include Hogan Ephraim, who missed out twice last season.

Radek Cerny may take the third goalkeeper’s spot with Brian Murphy being made available for a loan move.

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