Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp recently confirmed that Jermain Defoe was a target for the London club, which more than suggests that the club are in the market for a new striker this January. Redknapp admitted that the numbers would have to be right for the move to happen, which suggests they are looking for a bargain.
One player who could be available this January is Nice striker Dario Cvitanich. The Argentine striker, who arrived in France from Ajax in 2012 for the measly sum of €400,000 has enjoyed a mixed time on the Cote d’Azur.
In his first season, Cvitanich was a revelation, scoring 19 goals in 29 games and helped Nice finish fifth, qualifying for the Europa League. Last season he struggled to deal with second season syndrome and only managed eight goals in 31 appearances.
At a press conference this week, the striker revealed that he had still to receive an offer of an extension to the contract that runs out this summer.
“I take my last months at OGC Nice, they are a very important club in my heart. If I haven’t received a proposed extension until now, I won’t in the future.”
Nice are obviously not keen on extending the stay of the 30-year-old, but it remains to be seen if they will be willing to let him go on a free this summer.
Even an offer of around €1million could tempt Claude Puel into selling the Argentina striker, with Nice still making a profit.
Cvitanich is a poacher and an opportunistic striker. He has the upper body strength to cope in the Premier League and the brain to deceive and allude the English defences.
Two years’ younger than Defoe, he would also require a smaller outlay in wages.
QPR are currently rock bottom of the Premier League, with only Aston Villa and Burnley having scored fewer goals this season.
Joey Barton recently said that he tried to convince Redknapp to move for Andre-Pierre Gignac, but it is this Argentina poacher from the same division that could be the answer to QPR’s problems.