Sunday 17 November 2019

Nicolas Anelka on Harry Redknapp's shopping list for QPR

Nicolas Anelka is one of the names on Harry Redknapp's shopping list as the QPR boss looks to reinforce his ailing side in the January transfer window.

The Rs are unbeaten in four matches since Redknapp succeeded Mark Hughes at the helm and last weekend he led them to a first league win of the season.

The west Londoners, though, remain in trouble and lie five points adrift of safety heading into tomorrow's trip to Newcastle.

Redknapp admits new faces are needed if QPR are to avoid the drop and, amongst others, has targeted former Chelsea front man Anelka, now of Shanghai Shenhua.

"He is a player that is of interest to anybody," Redknapp said. "I think he is finishing in China so he is available.

"It is what you can do, whether you can afford these players, what they are looking for, whether they are reasonable, whether you can deal with them and most importantly whether you think they can do the job you want.

"He is a top player so he is a player we would be interested in, but whether we could afford to get anywhere near I him I am not sure.

"I think the chairman knows Nicolas' people and so has got a few details on what it would be.

"It depends, as I say, just how expensive the whole package comes to. If it is within reason, he is a player that could certainly improve your team. There is no doubt about it."

Anelka is one a of a number of players linked with a new year move to QPR, with Lille's Salomon Kalou - another former Chelsea player - and Marseille forward Loic Remy both mentioned.

"I spoke with the chairman (Tony Fernandes) and Philip (Beard, chief executive), but finding people is not easy," Redknapp said.

"Teams think they will screw you into the ground because you're desperate.

"You ring up about a player who may be worth £3million and they'll ask for £6million because they know you're desperate, you don't want to be relegated.

"That is not going to happen. We're not going to fall into that trap.

"If we can't get players at the right price, we'll sit tight. We will get on with what we've got."

While keen to bring players in, Redknapp looks unlikely to prevent Adel Taarabt's absence next month.

The 23-year-old looks set to link up with the Morocco national team for the African Nations Cup despite Redknapp's best attempts to stop him going.

"I've got no idea what the situation is with that," Redknapp said.

"I think they have to go if they get picked for their country so I really don't know. I haven't discussed it any more with him. Hopefully he doesn't get picked as we need him here."

Taarabt will be available for tomorrow's trip to the north east, which comes off the back of last weekend's first win of the season against Fulham.

Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa and Kieron Dyer are unavailable for the trip to Newcastle through injury, joining Park Ji-sung, Andrew Johnson and Bobby Zamora on the sidelines.

Redknapp, though, still has his sights on ending their long wait for an away win.

"Alan Pardew's done a great job, but they've had injury problems this year," Redknapp said.

"They are looking strong again and you don't get an easy game at Newcastle: 55,000 fanatical Geordies make sure of that.

"It will be a difficult game but it is about time we got our first away win. We got our first win last week and it would be our first away win in over a year.

"We need to go there tomorrow, be positive and see if we can pick up that win."

Meanwhile, QPR today announced technical director Mike Rigg has left the club.

Redknapp confirmed he has been followed out of Loftus Road by assistant manager Mark Bowen and first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki, who have long been part of predecessor Hughes' coaching set-up.

Goalkeeping coach Kevin Hitchcock and head of coaching Glyn Hodges have stayed with the club, while Redknapp is hoping to bring in scout Ian Broomfield.

The Rs boss also played down talk of Les Ferdinand and Clive Allen joining the coaching set-up.

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