• Russian club banned from January transfers over unpaid debts
• QPR also consider move for Chelsea's Florent Malouda
The Russian Premier League club Rubin Kazan, who are subject of a transfer embargo, are challenging Queens Park Rangers for the signature of the France international Yann M'Vila this month. Rennes have confirmed they expect the 22-year-old to leave before the end of January, though Rubin, who have agreed a four-year contract with the midfielder, must receive domestic clearance to make the signing.
The former Russian champions are not permitted to buy players in this window due to unpaid debts to their former player Roman Adamov, but are due to meet the Russian Football Union this week to discuss the embargo.
That has offered QPR hope they can revive a £9m deal for M'Vila – Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are also monitoring his situation – with the Premier League's bottom club also considering a move for his compatriot Florent Malouda at Chelsea.
The out-of-favour winger has not featured this season after relations with the club fractured last summer as he entered the final year of his £80,000-a-week deal. The 32-year-old European Cup winner has been training with the development squad and is available for no transfer fee, albeit with hefty wage demands.