Belfodil and Georges-Ntep linked, but striker pursuit goes on.
That might seem strange, given that Austin now has 14 goals for the season, but when you consider that the only back up to Austin is Andy Johnson (two goals in his last two seasons) and Bobby Zamora (five goals since March 2012) it does make a little more sense.
So far, however, it is proving a frustrating search for Redknapp. Since reports that the manager was interested in West Ham United’s Carlton Cole, things have gone quiet.
A loan move for Inter Milan striker Ishak Belfodil has been mooted, although any deal for the 21-year-old appears complicated, since he is part-owned by Parma, who are understood to want to sell the forward to Sassuolo for £7 million.
Redknapp confirmed: “Belfodil is a player who we are interested in. I know that there is also West Ham, but frankly I can’t say more, I do not know how things are evolving. Our CEO Phil Beard has developed contacts with Inter, but I can not really say where we are.”
More interestingly, Auxerre forward Paul Georges-Ntep was spotted at Loftus Road, fuelling rumours that he could be set for a move to QPR. Georges-Ntep’s visit to London was initially thought to be ahead of a move to Arsenal, but Auxerre have moved to deny those rumours.
One thing seems certain, that QPR will continue to look for another striker. Assistant manager Kevin Bond said they remain ‘vulnerable’ when Austin is not playing. “That search is still continuing – that’s all I can say at this stage,” said Bond.