Hughes keen to maintain focus

The west London side have been one of the busiest clubs this

month and look set for a hectic end to the day.

Hughes on Tuesday completed the signing of Lazio striker Djibril

Cisse, who goes straight into the squad for Wednesday’s Premier

League clash at Villa Park, subject to international clearance

being received one hour before kick-off.

The Rs still hope to bring in Fulham’s Bobby Zamora for a fee

understood to be between £4million and £5million and,

while the Hoops are not among the many clubs playing tonight,

Hughes admits the deadline’s timing is making things hard to


“[It is] a little bit [problematic] possibly because ideally you

want a clear run at the window on the last day,” he said.

“You are getting calls and a situation can present itself very,

very quickly.

“All the while there are other things going on as well, people

are in for medicals and there are a lot of things going on the last

day of the window.

“When you factor in a game as well, obviously the window itself

becomes very distracting, which it is for the whole month if I am

perfectly honest.

“Having to prepare for a game is obviously important from my

point of view as it is that my focus isn’t taken away from the

game, which it won’t be.

“It is the distractions you have to be conscious of and make

sure they don’t have an impact on your performance.”

He added: “I will probably get more phone calls on a match day

than I would usually take and I would have to answer my phone,

which isn’t something I like doing.

“It won’t affect my performances or the players’. They are fully

focused on the game itself.”

The match with Villa – who Hughes was linked to joining in the


comes in the midst of an important run of games for QPR.

Having beaten fellow strugglers Wigan last time out, Hughes’ men

face a run of six matches that Hughes believes they can collect

points from.

“I have always set targets in terms of opposition and potential

to gain points,” he said.

“We’ve done that as a group of staff and obviously not

communicated that to the players as yet.

“I think it is an important period and I think that is possibly

why I am here.

“The club have this run of fixtures and felt they need to

acquire points during the period, which is why they felt it

necessary to hopefully instigate a run of form that will unable us

to pick up points.”

New signing Cisse is not the only player who could make their

QPR debut on Wednesday, with Taye Taiwo and Nedum Onuoha also

hoping for their first starts.

Any further transfers on Tuesday such as Zamora will not be able

to feature after missing the midday cut-off point for


Several players have also left Loftus Road on Tuesday, with

Matthew Connolly joining Reading on loan until the end of the

season and long-serving Martin Rowlands having his contract

cancelled by mutual consent.

QPR have in the region of 40 senior professionals at the club

and Hughes admits several will have to leave.

“It is fair to say that in terms of numbers we have got guys

here that will probably see their future elsewhere,” he added.

“I will be having those conversations right up until the window

closes and even after because obviously there is still an

opportunity to get people out on loan.

“I think most players you would hope would want to play football

and maybe I won’t be able to give a number of them an opportunity


“It would be in their interest if they moved on and I think a

number of them are looking at options they may well have and pursue