QPR have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of former Chelsea star Nicolas Anelka as a rival for his transfer rule themselves out.
Nicolas Anelka has been training with Paris Saint-Germain during the period after the Chinese regular season.
This has prompted mass speculation that he would sign for his former club but current PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti says it’s not going to happen.
Therefore, the striker is still available and he could be interested in a move to the Premier League in a cut price deal now that the one side who would push any fee up, have ruled themselves out.
Ancelotti has confirmed that Anelka is innocently training with the club in a bid to maintain his fitness which means he could be open to an offer from another side.
However, Anelka is a Frenchman and he could still ask for a contract with the French giants who would certainly be in a position to pay any personal terms he requires to push through a transfer.
If, and it’s a big if, Harry Redknapp can work his managerial magic and convince Anelka to sign for QPR by the end of January or at the end of the season, it would be superb business for the Premier League strugglers.
If there is any manager out there in the football world who can convince a top high profile star to join a club that may be relegated, it’s Redknapp.
If they did pull it off then Anelka would be the figure head in the QPR attack, he has proven experience in English football and the ability to score important goals against the odds and against bigger sides.
He would also suit QPR’s style of play in the respect that he can hold the ball up, bring others into the game and also push back the defence, making it easier on QPR in terms of build up play and pressure.
However, the stumbling block to all of this is the fact that Anelka has been enjoying a high profile coaching/managerial role with his current club Shanghai Shenhua.
He is unlikely to be given anything close to that level of responsibility if he moves back to a European club which may cause him to ignore any approaches and offers.
Is there any chance of Anelka pulling on a QPR shirt? Do you think he will play for PSG?
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