QPR Transfers: 5 Players Harry Redknapp Should at Least Consider in January
Harry Redknapp stated "we're not going to go mad in January, and spend a load of money" (via talkSPORT). However, there are still some large gaps in the Queens Park Rangers squad, and Redknapp is keen to “find one or two that can make the difference” (via Daily Telegraph).
The rumors of David Beckham and Joe Cole are all well and good, but the first thing Redknapp will need to tackle is the center-back issue. And the second is the lack of firepower up front.
Bringing in 11 new players is not the answer, as proven by Mark Hughes and the misery Rangers fans have suffered thanks to the number of signings made in the summer. But there do need to be at least one or two changes.
Clint Hill recently summed up the QPR transfer policy and constant influx of new players perfectly in The Guardian:
We've had loads... That's not the way to do it. I've been here three years now and I've seen loads come and go. I do think we will go and try and get a couple of players, but I don't think it will be five, six or seven.
So which couple of players should QPR at least try to bring in during the January transfer window?
Jermain Defoe and Michael Dawson have been mentioned since Harry's name was even linked with the club. Here are five others that Redknapp should at least consider.
I wrote previously that Darren Bent is the most likely target, and the most likely option for Queens Park Rangers to strengthen their attacking lineup in January.
Rangers could become the sixth Premier League club to sign the striker, if The Guardian is to be believed.
His 148 league goals, at a ratio of 0.41 per game, could well be the quick fix Redknapp is looking for to save QPR's season.
However, at a supposed price tag of upward of £10 million, it would also be an expensive fix. Especially as Sunderland are reportedly owed £3 million more should the striker make three more EPL appearances (via Daily Telegraph).
However, the name linked most prominently with QPR is Robbie Keane (via Daily Telegraph).
Robbie Keane is a good shout. I haven’t spoken to him yet but he would be an interesting player. He’s a good pro and he’d be an ideal type to have around.
Keane is a true professional and a hard worker, and more so, a proven goal-scorer. A loan deal would remove any additional payments apart from his wage, and two months could be all QPR need him for to survive.
Douglas Franco Teixeira, or Douglas to his friends, has been one of the most consistent performers in the Dutch Eredivisie for a number of years now.
The Brazilian center-back has been linked to various Premier League clubs in the past six months, with Newcastle reportedly having made a bid in the summer (via Daily Mail), and Fulham said to be interested in the defender come January (via The Sun).
And there is a solid grounding for the interest. The towering defender was recently called up to the Netherlands squad after his Dutch passport application was successful (via Sky Sports).
His recent performances for FC Twente have helped them reach third in the table, and just two points off the leaders. And his passion for the game is a quality Redknapp admires in his players.
Sylvain Distin epitomizes the hardworking center-back.
Harry Redknapp has signed the Frenchman before, at Portsmouth, and valued his leadership qualities enough to appoint him vice-captain.
Despite turning 35 before the year is out, and the aging-players philosophy not working out all that well for QPR recently, Distin is still a strong player and a solid transfer contender.
But if Redknapp moves early enough, Moyes could need to find a replacement for Distin before the window shuts.
Although a midfielder is not a top priority for the club, there is one man who may just be worth a shot.
But everybody has their price nowadays. And Redknapp will likely be keen to reunite himself with his former captain.
So before people start getting carried away with injury-prone wingers and Armani-wearing ex-Champions League winners, there is one element that is missing from the QPR team: grit.
And Scott Parker is as gritty as they come.