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QPR Boss Targets Liverpool & West Ham Pair In January Spending Spree

by The Newshound

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Loftus Road side eye up Anfield and Upton Park talent.

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Harry Redknapp will make a move for Rennes striker Mevlut Erdinc as he banks on firepower to save QPR from relegation, writes the Sunday People.

The Rangers boss will also recall DJ Campbell from his loan spell at Ipswich as he looks for the goals to pull off a major ­rescue act at Loftus Road.

And with Bobby Zamora ­nearing a return to fitness, Redknapp will suddenly have more options in attack.

Redknapp was named ‘Harry Houdini’ after saving Portsmouth from the drop, and he will need all his powers to save the Hoops – which is why he is also targeting Everton’s Sylvain Distin, Liverpool’s Joe Cole and Momo Diame of West Ham.

SOURCE: Sunday Mirror

It may well take a magician style escape of epic proportions to save QPR from the drop after a humbling home defeat to Liverpool left the West London side some eight points from safety.

Harry Redknapp had experienced a small bump of good form on taking over at Loftus Road but normal service has since been resumed and with one win in 20 matches QPR now need a miracle to stay up.

Owner Tony Fernandes is ready to once again throw money at the problem and Redknapp will hope that new additions could help kick-start things at the club.

Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole has begun to get his foot in the door as regards to first team football under Brendan Rodgers and two goals in four games suggested that the former Chelsea man was getting somewhere but perhaps a move back to London would tempt the 31 year old.

The attacking midfielder clearly knows Redknapp well from their shared time at Upton Park and a move to QPR could really re-ignite his career. A move to bring in Cole from Liverpool wouldn’t cost a great deal but the West London side would have to meet the player’s reported £90k-£100k a week wage demands.

Mohamed Diame could be available for as little as £3.5m due to the former Wigan Athletic midfielder’s release clause. QPR have a fair few defensive midfield options but the likes of Samba Diakite and Stephane Mbia haven’t impressed.

One does wonder if the big Hammers enforcer, who is also very useful going forward, would be interested in a move to a side who look doomed to the drop. Better offers may be in the offing for the Senegal international.

Similarly Turkish international striker Mevlut Erdinc, who left PSG for Rennes a year ago, would take some persuading to swap Ligue 1 for a possible move to QPR, unless some sort of relegation release clause was tied into his deal, similar to the one that led Demba Ba to join West Ham.

Basically Redknapp has something of a hard sell on his hands. The chances of bringing in quality players in January are severely hamstrung by the club’s woeful league position.

Arguably QPR have more than enough talent in their squad, especially after Mark Hughes’s summer spending spree, to stay up and Harry Redknapp may be best off trying to get the most out of those already in his playing staff before looking to bring in another tranche of new signings.


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