Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink: QPR won't be paying over the odds anymore
PUBLISHED: 06:00 11 August 2016
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says the days of splashing the cash at QPR are long gone, insisting they will no longer “pay over the odds” for transfer targets.
The Rs got their league season off to the perfect start on Sunday as they eased past Leeds United in convincing fashion at Loftus Road, with goals from Nedum Onuoha, a Tjaronn Chery penalty and Sebastian Polter.
Another summer of transition has taken place at the Rs, but a lot of positivity has come from it.
The wage bill has been significantly slashed, a far cry from the £73million accumulated from the 2014-2015 squad, which served up a measly 30 points as they were relegated from the top flight.
High-earners such as Rob Green, Leroy Fer and Junior Hoilett all departed in the close season, with the Rs making sensible and affordable business in the meantime with five new faces arriving at W12.
The Rs recently missed out on signing Icelandic forward Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, with Wolves gazumping them with a better financial package to land the 24-year-old.
And the Rangers manager has no qualms about missing out on deals like this, as the club are heading in a new direction and will not be held to ransom.
He told the Times: “We don’t pay over the odds and we’re not going to do that. I believe in our way.
“This is what we have and we are happy with it. If you demonstrate that and that signal goes through, you get a better commitment together.
“If they know, one is here and one is there (in terms of wages) I think it brings trouble. When it’s much closer, you get a better togetherness I feel.
“That’s what we’re trying to create. We’re not going to pay over the odds.”
He continued: “It didn’t work in the past here but the most important thing is what we can offer them now and what is different and what can we give them that is different.
“I believe if you have that right, you can still get a lot of good talent and good players. We’re still very competitive with the contracts – don’t get me wrong – that isn’t an issue whatsoever.
“Obviously some teams in this division are in a position to offer more lucrative packages, though.
“It’s up to the player then what he wants to do and what kind of club he buys into. I think we are building something special here.”
One player who clearly does buy into that is the Rs’ latest recruit, Yeni Ngbakoto, who turned down a more lucrative deal at Wolves, as well as Premier League interest from Burnley, to pen a three-year deal.
It followed a two-month long pursuit of the highly-rated Frenchman, with a £1.5m deal eventually being ironed out for the 24-year-old forward.
The former Burton Albion boss admitted he was surprised to learn the Rs were fifth in the pecking order in terms of money spent this summer, with the current total paid out by the Championship side close to £7m, just under a month before the window closes.
He added: “Am I the fifth highest? That’s a big surprise. I didn’t think that would be the case, considering the money Newcastle and Aston Villa have been spending.
“The signings we have made have both bolstered the squad and very much had a focus towards the future. We are confident in what we are building here.”