QPR relieved after Spurs confirm Taarabt loan agreement

QPR have been assured they can keep Adel Taarabt until the end of the season - unless a Premiership club comes in for the on-loan Tottenham forward in January.

The Morocco-born player scored a peach of a goal in Saturday's 4-0 demolition of Preston - and there were fears Spurs would want him back as soon as possible.

But boss Harry Redknapp will only require Taarabt to return if the Premiership club gets offers from another top-flight outfit - that, and a fee of around £3million.

A Rangers source said: "QPR were promised Adel until the end of the season - and it stays that way.

"But if there was another Premiership club wanting him in the transfer window - sadly for Rangers it would suit both Spurs and the player."

But Taarabt made it plain this week he would rather play for Rs if they get into the Premiership.

He said: "If we get promoted then why not? Although I have got three years of my contract left with Tottenham my dream is to play in the Premiership."

Two weeks ago the midfielder vowed to never play for QPR again after fans booed him in the 5-2 win over Barnsley - and he angrily gestured back at them.

He said: "The chairman told me to relax, forget it, and I showed everybody what I can do. And yes, I love nutmegging other players on the pitch. It's my favourite thing to do, and has been since I was very young."