Harry Redknapp's January plans at QPR and update on Jermain Defoe

Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp has warned that Queens Park Rangers are not looking to spend in January, but he remains keen on a loan deal for Jermain Defoe.

It may not be the happiest of New Years for those Queens Park Rangers supporters hoping to see their side embark on an elaborate spending spree in January.

Harry Redknapp has revealed that the purse strings will be pulled tight, with much of his budget spent over the summer.

It may be that sales free up funds, but there is not expected to be much movement at Loftus Road.

Rather than scour the market for permanent deals, Redknapp says he will be looking for short-term loans which can aid QPR in their quest to steer clear of relegation trouble in the Premier League.

Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Jermain Defoe remains a player he would like to bring back to England from MLS outfit Toronto FC, with the vastly-experienced coach having worked with the England international at Spurs, Portsmouth and West Ham United.

Redknapp said: “You never know. It’s a difficult one because of the whole package.

“We’re looking for loans, we’re not looking to spend money in the window. We’re looking to get loans in if we can, good loans.

“We bought some players in the summer so now we have got a good squad and we are looking to bring a couple of loan players in. We aren’t looking to spend massive money in the transfer window.”

Defoe was an option explored over the summer, but one QPR ultimately had to shelve.

Redknapp has been keeping a close eye on the situation ever since, and has also been linked with another forward he once worked with at White Hart Lane in the form of LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane.

Either deal would make sense for QPR, with it important that they get proven strikers, and ones with Premier League know-how, onto their books if they are to build on their efforts prior to Christmas.

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