After a day or two of speculation linking QPR’s Jordon Mutch with a move to Crystal Palace, it looks more than likely that the QPR midfielder will begin life after the transfer window playing in red and blue.
Having joined the Hoops from Cardiff last summer for a fee of £5.5 million, Mutch has failed to impress his new boss Harry Redknapp, making just a handful of appearances, but with Alan Pardew seemingly still extremely interested in taking him off the west Londoners’ hands, it looks as though Tony Fernandes will allow a deal to be done, in order to ease the troubles QPR are currently having in relation to Financial Fair Play.
Still only 23, the midfielder began his professional career at Birmigham City, embarking on a number of loan moves to the likes of Hereford, Doncaster and Watford before making the permanent switch to Cardiff City in June of 2012. Once there, he made a total of 60 appearances for the Bluebirds in two seasons, one of which saw them win promotion to the Premier League, whilst the other sadly ended in relegation from the top flight.
After being one of a fair few Cardiff players to impress the watching masses, regardless of the team’s overall performance that term, Mutch was given a second chance in the Premier League by Harry Redknapp, but for some reason, hasn’t been able to force his way into the QPR starting eleven on a regular basis, despite playing relatively well when offered the opportunity to impress.
Now, possibly as part of an exchange deal involving our own Fraizer Campbell, Mutch could be on his way to Selhurst Park just five months after signing up at QPR. As things stand, the fee looks to be around £4.5 million, which would see his current employers making a manageable loss on him, with the possibility of gaining another player into the bargain.
No doubt a talented player, Pardew clearly sees something in Mutch which he feels would help us to improve in the remaining months of the season. After four wins in four as Palace boss, I won’t be arguing with his choice of transfer target just yet.