EPL Transfer News: QPR Going After Experienced Defenders to Help Survival Cause

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 10, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  William Gallas of Tottenham Hotspur in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on August 25, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Queens Park Rangers have become no stranger in the past 18 months to going after big names in the transfer market. 

This summer, the R's brought in over 10 new players to help the club avoid a relegation fight.

However, that strategy backfired and forced the club to fire manager Mark Hughes in November. Now, with Harry Redknapp in charge, the London outfit will be looking to bring in more experienced players to help save the club from being relegated. 

The latest players being linked with a move to Loftus Road in January are Tottenham's William Gallas and West Brom's Jonas Olsson. 

Gallas, who previously played under Redknapp at Tottenham, was linked with a move to QPR on Wednesday (via the Daily Mail). 

The former Arsenal centre-back has been a primary fixture in the Tottenham starting XI this season. 

The 35-year-old has played in 17 EPL matches this season, 16 of which have been starts. 

With the return of Benoit Assou-Ekotto to the Spurs defense, Jan Vertonghen will be forced to move back to his preferred centre-back position to play alongside Steven Caulker. 

The move of Vertonghen to the center of defense could force Gallas to the bench. 

A move to QPR could give Gallas more playing time, with the impending departure of Ryan Nelsen to MLS after he was appointed to the head coach position at Toronto FC on Tuesday. 

Nelsen has claimed that he will stay at QPR until the end of the season, as he wants to help the club stay in the EPL, but he may have no choice but to join up with Toronto FC before the MLS season begins in March (via The Guardian). 

Another potential replacement for Nelsen could be Olsson, who has been a part of the resurgent West Brom squad this season. 

Olsson has been a rock in the Baggies defense this season in 19 EPL appearances. 

QPR made a bid for the 29-year-old Swede on Thursday, but it was quickly rejected by West Brom (via BBC Sport). 

There is no doubt that Redknapp and QPR will pursue a potential replacement for Nelsen throughout the rest of the January transfer window. 

If Redknapp is unable to bring in a big name like Gallas or Olsson, he could turn to new signing Tal Ben Haim to move to the centre-back position. 

The versatile Israeli defender, who has previously played with six different EPL clubs, signed with QPR on a short-term deal last week (via The Guardian).


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