QPR are ready to step up negotiations for Stephane M'bia in a swap deal for Joey Barton after Saturday’s debacle against Swansea.
The Marseille centre-half is an option that could be part of the arrangement that sees the disgraced former captain going the other way.
Without naming names, boss Mark Hughes programmed his sat-nav as a blame guide to a back four that all but surrendered by the end of the 5-0 home defeat.
It was the worst start in the club’s 130-year history – beating the previous unwanted record that was a 4-0 mauling by Everton on day one of the 1976-77 season and equalling the 6-1 away thumping to Brentford in 1965.
“When you’re trying to force things sometimes you do things individually rather than as a collective,” said Hughes.
“We got picked off as a result. We’ve got to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities, and it was too open for our liking.”
Cameroon international M’bia (pic) is the right age, 26, to plug the evident gap, and Hughes has also been alerted to the possibilities of Michael Dawson swapping Tottenham for Rangers in the same central defensive role.