With Newcastle reportedly waiting in the wings for a £5m swoop for QPR star Adel Taarabt, Ranger boss Neil Warnock has moved quickly to pour cold water on the rumours. After making a permanent £1million move from Tottenham, the 21-year-old has scored 13 goals in 27 games this season to help Rangers go top of the Championship.

Warnock has built a team around Taarabt's mercurial talents, and claims that no other club would be able to accommodate the Moroccan.

"You can forget a move for Tarbs - that's stone dead certain," Warnock told the Ealing Gazette.

"I'm not sure any club would want him.

"We give him licence to do things here he would never get a chance to do anywhere else."