Could QPR bring Dimitar Berbatov back to the Premier League?
QPR, 3/1 with Coral to finish bottom of the Premier League, certainly need to add further quality to their struggling squad, and could pull off a sensational coup by luring Monaco striker Dimitar Berbatov back to London.
The former Manchester United, Tottenham and Fulham centre forward is said to be keen on a return to England’s top tier and could be available for a bargain price of around £1m.
Such a deal sounds right up Hoops coach Harry Redknapp’s street, especially since the ex-Tottenham coach previously worked with Berbatov at White Hart Lane.
Whilst at Spurs and United, Berbatov often came under scrutiny for his perceived lack of workrate, but frequently lit up the league with his sublime technique and first touch.
The languid attacker can be criticised for playing the game at his own pace, but under-pressure QPR could certainly do with a sprinkling of his class as they try to make their great escape from the drop zone.
Berbatov is Ligue 1 giants Monaco’s top scorer this season, having netted six times in 20 games, but, with his contract winding down is said to be seeking pastures new.
The former Bulgaria international has an impressive international record, with 48 goals in 78 outings, so could certainly add further firepower to Redknapp’s attack.
Brilliant and creative Berbatov, who has contributed 101 assists throughout his career, would likely be tasked with partnering, and providing for, prolific frontman Charlie Austin up top, with the latter shouldering the goal burden.
With the ex-Red Devil’s wages said to be no obstacle to the west London club, QPR could be the ideal destination.
However, question marks remain over whether the majestic Bulgarian would be suited to the harsh realities of a relegation dog fight.
Never reliant on pace, cool and composed Berbatov is now 33, and would surely need a team carefully constructed around him to extract his best.
If QPR cannot offer that, they may be wise to steer clear, but where else could the mercurial forward hang his hat?
Crystal Palace already have an abundance of attackers, but are still believed to be in the market for further recruits.
Under new boss Alan Pardew, an emphasis has been placed on aesthetic and exciting football, so Berbatov’s undeniable ability to unlock defences could see him become a significant squad player for the Eagles.
If Pardew cannot poach Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede, Berbatov could certainly be an intriguing stop gap option.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, are also desperately in need of goals and guile, but the talented Monaco man’s wages would likely prove a real stumbling block for the Villans, who are 12/5 to be relegated.
Wherever Bulgarian superstar Berbatov finds a home, however, he is likely to prove fascinating and frustrating in equal measure.