Queens Park Rangers are planning a £7.5m January bid for Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to the Metro. QPR are presently 19th in the Premier League, with only one win all season - a 2-1 win over Fulham.
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp took charge at Loftus Road at the end of November and a measure of improvement was immediately apparent, with the Rangers going on a four game unbeaten run, ending in the win over the Cottagers.
However, Sunday's defeat to Newcastle United leaves the London club back in dire straits and with two difficult games before the end of 2012 - against West Brom and Liverpool - Redknapp knows quality reinforcements are necessary if the club wants to avoid the drop next summer. And his midfield signing of choice, it would appear, is the 22 year old French defensive midfielder.
The French international was strongly linked with a summer move to Arsenal, amid reports Arsene Wenger was looking to cover for the loss of Cameroon star Alex Song (who left for Catalan giants Barcelona).
There were also reports of interest from the Gunners' north London rivals, Tottenham. The BBC reported that Spurs' summer appointee, Andre Villas-Boas, submitted a £12.7m (rising to £15m) bid for the midfielder.
However, since the summer the grapevine has gone quiet on possible transfers for the Frenchman. And at least two cases of indiscipline (one of assault on a 17 year old boy and the other a two-year ban from the national team for visiting nightclubs when on national team duty) would suggest Wenger is wary of similar issues at the Etihad.
Furious Redknapp Warns QPR Stars
Meanwhile, a move for M'Vila notwithstanding, Redknapp has blasted his players after the poor performance in the game against Newcastle. The ex-Tottenham manager has commented earlier on the large salaries to underperforming players at Loftus Road and warned some of them they would be shipped out if things didn't change.
"There's an awful lot of players at this club earning far too much money for what they are - far, far, far too much money for their ability and what they give to the club," Redknapp explained, continuing, "I don't really want to see the owners have their pants taken down like they have in the past. A lot of agents made money out of them."