Marseille forward, Loic Remy, considered to be the “new Thierry Henry”, along with most other speedy French players, has said no to Harry Redknapp over a potential switch to Premier League strugglers, QPR.
Redknapp made a personal visit to watch Marseille beat Guingamp 2-1 in extra-time in the Coupe de France and discussed the possibility of Remy moving, but according to Matt Spiro on Twitter, the Frenchman refused Redknapp and is only lukewarm to the idea of joining Newcastle United. Yann M’Vila is also a player on Redknapp’s shopping list, but the defensive midfielder has also taken the same stance as his compatriot and will not be moving to Loftus Road in the near future.
Players to have ruled out moves to QPR, go by the names of Joleon Lescott, Wesley Sneijder and Robbie Keane.
Having previously ruled out the possibility of signing any players if QPR were out of touch with the rest of the relegation fight, saying the club wouldn’t want to be paying massive wages in the Championship; signing players of the ilk of Remy, Sneijder and Lescott isn’t going to help matters. I remember Portsmouth battling relegation under Redknapp, they signed a batch of players on permanent and loan deals and beat the drop, but down the years, what cost would that come at? It’s the same at QPR for me and rather than look at X,Y and Z in the transfer market, they should be looking at internal solutions from their massive squad.
QPR are in the precarious position of fighting relegation with a group of handsomely paid players. Where do they go from here? Do they spend big money getting themselves out of a tight spot, or do they continue to work to get the best from their current batch? For me, it’s the latter and a 1-0 victory away to Chelsea indicates that they should stick together, look at internal solutions and carry on fighting. They have the players and the talent, as a win at Stamford Bridge shows, so for me there isn’t any drastic need to sign a group of players. If QPR can survive until the summer, then by all means, sort out the squad and make changes, but until then, with the threat of relegation looming, it wouldn’t be wise to chase big transfers.
One player who has joined Harry Redknapp’s cause, is a former charge of his; Tal Ben Haim, who was last seen earning £20,000 a week at Portsmouth. In a bid to beat relegation and add some squad depth, Redknapp has signed Ben Haim on a free in order to bolster his squad. On paper and in reality, this is a bad signing and with Ben Haim’s record, QPR can consider themselves doomed to the Championship.