QPR transfer latest: No deal for Everton star; striker set for permanent move?

All the latest from Loftus Road as Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp searches for a centre-forward.

QPR are understood to have given up hope of signing Everton striker Nikica Jelavic, after the Croatian’s FA Cup double against Rangers at the weekend.

The Championship side were keen to offer the 28-year-old a deal, with Jelavic having fallen out of favour under manager Roberto Martinez.

However, his performance at Goodison Park was seemingly enough to convince Martinez that he can still play a part for the Toffees this season, and a move to Rangers now seems unlikely.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp will now look elsewhere in his search for a striker, and several names have been mooted.

According to the Daily Mirror, West Ham’s Carlton Cole could be in line to swap east London for west. Cole’s West Ham contract expires next week, and he is unlikely to be offered an extension beyond the end of the season.

If Redknapp is willing to offer the forward a longer deal, he may well get his man.

Striker search aside, much of the focus for QPR is on shifting players out. Redknapp this week said he wanted to sell goalkeeper Julio Cesar and midfielder Stephane Mbia. Mbia is on loan at Sevilla and, according to Redknapp, is attracting interest from clubs in Dubai.

Striker Loic Remy’s future also remains up in the air. On Monday, Redknapp said he was surprised that the France international has not made his loan move to Newcastle United permanent.

However, the Brent & Kilburn Times reports today that chairman Tony Fernandes will not sanction a sale to the Toon Army. A chairman and manager at odds? One to watch…

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