After announcing that his future lies away from Old Trafford, there has been plenty of speculation linking Dimitar Berbatov with moves to other clubs. After investing hugely in their squad through the summer, many reports have suggested that QPR have tabled a bid for the 31-year-old. However, Mark Hughes has moved to quickly dismiss reports, meaning that the Bulgarian is still no nearer to exiting the club.
Berbatov stated on his official website several weeks ago that he was starting to look for a new club, after seeing his opportunities at United become more limited. The striker managed just 21 appearances last term and while his overall goal tally is not too shabby, it has become clear that Sir Alex Ferguson prefers to utilise other options. The fact that Fergie immediately told the press he was allowing the former Tottenham man to leave speaks volumes about his thoughts on the player, while several sources have also claimed that United will accept offers as low as £5m.
However, it looks as though the club will have to wait longer before offloading the 31-year-old, with QPR seemingly declaring themselves out of the race to sign him. Speaking to Sky Sports News, Mark Hughes said, “There are a lot of names flying around. That [Berbatov rumour] is a new one on me, in fairness. At this time of year, there are a lot of names flying around. But we prefer to get the job done, get the business done, and then we announce it.”
There are also reports linking Berbatov to Galatasaray, although again nothing has yet come to fruition. With Ferguson now having the likes of Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck available, it would appear as if both parties will be looking to complete a transfer as quickly as possible.