Sunday 15 December 2019

Redknapp to break bank as he eyes Samba and Hangeland

Queen's Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp is shattering his club's wage structure in a desperate quest for Premier League survival, pressing ahead with a deal for Chris Samba six months after his predecessor Mark Hughes decided the defender's pay demands were too big.

Fulham's Brede Hangeland is another player who Redknapp has his eye on, as is the £7.5m Porto central defender Rolando, though sources in Portugal suggest the 27-year-old prefers a six-month loan move to Napoli.

The QPR manager is still counting on signing a new striker today, most likely West Brom's Peter Odemwingie, a long-standing target who expressed his disaffection with his situation over the weekend.

Peter Crouch is the second option, a player who has been with Redknapp at three clubs in four different spells. However, QPR are hopeful that Bobby Zamora, a late substitute against Manchester City on Tuesday, can become a regular again, and Redknapp regards him as too similar a player to Crouch to have both.

Crouch (31) has two years left on his contract at Stoke City after this season and is one of the club's highest-paid players. The proposed deal would involve Jamie Mackie going to Stoke, along with £4m. Odemwingie has another year left on his contract after this season and West Brom have rejected two offers from QPR already.


Samba left Anzhi Makhachkala's training camp in Marbella on Tuesday and manager Guus Hiddink said he had gone to London. The Congolese defender cost Anzhi £12.3m when he moved from Blackburn in 2012.

QPR midfielder Alejando Faurlin has been given permission to speak to Palermo over a loan move until the end of the season.

Elsewhere, Everton hope to sign Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo today after pulling the plug on a move for Dutchman Leroy Fer.

Meanwhile, Danny Graham is expected to join Sunderland today from Swansea for £5m. The 27-year-old centre-forward is expected to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee last night.

Graham has become increasingly frustrated at his lack of regular starting opportunities. He has been a regular in the League Cup side under Michael Laudrup and the desire to leave will mean he misses out on a Wembley appearance when Swansea play Bradford in the final on February 24.

Graham's desire to play regularly and his family's desire to move back home to the north-east of England was stronger than the wish to play in a cup final. Martin O'Neill believes the striker will give his Sunderland side the cutting edge they have lacked.

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