Where the team needs to strengthen
Despite their awful first half of the season, QPR do have plenty of excellent players at the club, especially in midfield. However they certainly need to bolster their attacking ranks, and could also do with signing some defenders that are experienced, but not well past their prime.
QPR have been linked with every player going in recent weeks, aided by their manager’s perceived desire to sign ex-players, but a few names have stood out as more likely than others. At the back, along with the acquisition of Tal Ben Haim, Brede Hangeland and Michael Dawson both would fit the bill perfectly at Loftus Road, with the former’s contract negotiations dragging on at Fulham, and the latter not guaranteed starts at Spurs. Other Spurs player’s who could be available for a short term move to QPR are David Bentley and Jake Livermore. However it is strikers QPR really need, and they have been linked to a plethora of them as a result. Robbie Keane could make a loan switch from the MLS for a couple of months, with Nicolas Anelka perhaps available for a similar move from China. Loic Remy has been mooted as a potential permanent signing, but the competition from other clubs will likely be too fierce. Other potential loan signings include Salomon Kalou and Joe Cole, who are out of favour at Lille and Liverpool respectively. Finally West Ham’s Mohamed Diame could be a target due to his £3.5 million release clause.
Adel Taarabt has been happy to talk up his potential future at a European giant like AC Milan or Barcelona, but is unlikely to be realising those dreams in January. Much of the focus will be on incoming players at Loftus Road, but Redknapp is adept at shifting deadwood to make room for new signings, and several players might be on the move if he doesn’t reckon they will help the survival effort.
It’s very tricky to predict QPR’s budget, as they likely be investing most of their resources in wages to attract players away from their rivals. If the right player is available, then the club could stretch to any amount, but you would guess at a budget of around £10 million being available to Redknapp.
It’s fair to say QPR fans are in for a busy window, and they will hope to get as much of their business done early to get new faces settled in. At least two new forwards should arrive, and alongside Ben Haim, two more defenders could be vital to their survival chances. Harry Redknapp is known for leaving his business until the last minute and expect this time around to be no different.