The Moroccan international is close to completing a season-long loan move from relegated QPR having begun his medical at Motspur Park today. Taraabt, who scored twice in QPR’s 2-1 win over Fulham at Loftus Road last December, has been deemed surplus to requirements by Harry Redknapp as Rangers seek an immediate return to the top flight. Jol brought Taraabt, now 24, to the Premier League when he was in charge of Tottenham back in 2007:
We have agreed a deal with the club to take him on loan. The only thing left to do is for him to have a medical, which he is doing. If that is good he will sign for us. I expect everything to be completed tomorrow.
I like his creativity. I will try and find a way for him to gel with the others because I think he can do hell of job for us. I hope to get the best out of him. I’m confident and he’s confident.
The Mirror quotes Jol on his long-term admiration of Taraabt and how he tried to sign him for a succession of clubs after he left White Hart Lane:
It is like Dimitar Berbatov – sometimes these fantastic talents will be blamed but I hope to find a way to gel him in together with the boys we’ve got. I have known him now for a long time. When I was at Hamburg, I wanted him but thought the money Daniel Levy asked for was too much.
Then I went to Ajax and I thought it was too much for a player that never played. Then I was too late after that because he went to QPR, where he did ever so well. Remember the fact he was a £10m player 12 months ago, so I think you have to take them when they are bad and hopefully he will show his potential here.