QPR fans might be hoping for the likes of Jermain Defoe or Michael Dawson when they see that their manager has been linked with a move for one of his former charges at Tottenham Hotspur, but it appears Jake Livermore might the man they're closest to signing in January.
The Spurs midfielder is still held in high regard at his club, but due to the form of their other central midfielders, they may let him go out on loan in January,
The move makes sense from Spurs and Livermore's point of view. With Parker close to full fitness, Villas-Boas would have Dembele, Sandro, Parker, Huddlestone and perhaps Carroll that he would call on ahead of Livermore, meaning that he is unlikely to need the English midfielder in the second half of the season.
As a result Livermore would be keen to get any first team playing time he could to continue his development. However there seems less incentive for QPR to make such a move, and Livermore would perhaps have no more chance of first team action there than at Spurs.
Whilst the R's are in need of players in certain positions, central midfield is not one of them, with the bulk of the quality in their squad in that position. Diakite, Faurlin, Granero and Mbia would all have a claim for a starting spot, as (it seems) would Shaun Derry.
Livermore is a talented youngster, but it would seem unlikely that he would push any of those players out of Redknapp's thinking in terms of first team places.
There will be plenty of speculation around QPR this window for several reasons. They are in trouble in the league, have money to spend, and Harry Redknapp is in charge.
However this is one move that doesn't look like benefitting either the clubs or the player involved. Livermore is just as likely to get a run out at Spurs as at QPR, and the R's need to be looking at defenders and strikers before bringing in another man in the centre of midfield.
Would you like to see Livermore on loan at QPR?
image: © Tom Cuppens