Queens Park Rangers have had more than their fair share of battles with Financial Fair Play in recent years.
That has meant that the club has had minimal funds to spend on new signings for several seasons now, making any prospect of promotion from the Championship very slim.
But that hasn’t always been the way.
Perhaps part of the reason for that recent struggle was the amount that they had spent on players as they looked to establish themselves as a top Premier League side.
Millions and millions of pounds were spent on signings, however most were sold on after just a season or two at the club.
But where are these players now? Let’s take a look at QPR’s most expensive signings according to Transfermarkt.com.
8. Stephane Mbia – £5.4m
After impressing for Renne and Marseille the Hoops made a move to bring the midfielder to Loftus Road.
Mbia spent one year in West London before being sent out on loan to Sevilla – a club who he went on to join on a permanent basis.
Still playing the game, Mbia is playing in China for Shanghai Shenhua at the age of 34.
7. Sandro – £6.75m
After four years with Tottenham the midfielder made a move to QPR in 2014.
A turbulent three-year spell followed with Sandro spending time on loan with West Brom before he ultimately completed a permanent exit in 2017.
Now 31, Sandro is playing in his native Brazil for Goias.
6. Jordon Mutch – £6.81m
The midfielder moved to West London in 2014 after thriving for both Birmingham City and Cardiff City.
Mutch spent just one year with the Hoops before moving to Crystal Palace where he endured a mixed spell before moving on.
At 28 years of age the midfielder is currently without a club after leaving Norwegian side Aalesund earlier this year.
5. Esteban Granero – £7.2m
The signing of the Spaniard was seen as a major coup after proving himself as one of the hottest prospects to come through the Real Madrid set-up in recent years.
Granero spent one year with QPR before they were relegated and he went back to Spain to join Real Sociedad on an initial loan deal that turned permanent.
Now 33, the midfielder is playing for Marbella FC in Segunda Division B.
4. Leroy Fer – £9m
The midfielder spent two years at Loftus Road between 2014 and 2016 where he was a regular feature in the first team.
He then completed a move to then-Premier League side Swansea City where he spent three years before returning to his native Holland with Feyenoord.
At the age of 30 Fer is still enjoying his football with the Dutch side.
3. Loic Remy – £9.45m
The striker’s time at Loftus Road saw him become a fans’ favourite for his performances on the pitch, but away from it supporters were left disappointed when he joined rivals Chelsea.
After just a year with QPR Remy joined Newcastle United on a season-long loan before a move to the Blues which sent his career on a downward spiral.
Now with Çaykur Rizespor, Remy is showing his talents for the Turkish side after joining this year.
2. Steven Caulker – £9.68m
The defender was regarded as one of the best young defenders in England as he moved to QPR in 2014.
Unfortunately matters both on and off the pitch stopped him fulfilling his significant potential for the West London club.
After leaving the club in December 2017 Caulker has had spells with Dundee and Turkish side Alanyaspor where he has played for almost two years.
1. Christopher Samba – £13.5m
The defender became one of the Premier League’s top defenders during his time with Blackburn Rovers.
Unfortunately QPR didn’t get their money’s worth out of the centre-back who only stayed in West London for a short while before seeing out his career with several clubs including Aston Villa.
Now retired, the 36-year-old is said to have been studying for his coaching badges.