On Saturday, the Daily Star released an exclusive story reporting that Harry Redknapp was very interested in bringing Dimitar Berbatov back to London in order to aid Queens Park Rangers' fight for survival.
The Bulgarian's goal against Lille this weekend certainly won't have put the former Spurs boss off. The 33-year-old’s header was the only goal of the game as Monaco picked up all three points away at the Stade Pierre Mauroy – what Redknapp wouldn't give for a 1-0 away win right now.
It was only 12 months ago that Berbatov moved to Monte Carlo. Initially it was supposed to be a loan move from Fulham, but it was later reported as a free transfer. On his arrival, the Bulgarian helped fill the gap left by the injured Radamel Falcao, scoring six goals in 12 games as Monaco finished second in Ligue 1.
Qualifying for the Champions League, Berbatov has played his part in helping the Monegasque side progress to the last 16. They have a tie with Arsenal coming up at the end of February, which makes it hard to believe that the forward is desperate for a return to London as the Daily Star suggests.
This season, the striker has suffered a couple of injuries, meaning he has only played 15 of the possible 22 league games, he has equalled his tally of six goals and has played fairly well when he has been fit.
A few points don’t sit well with this story, and should lead QPR fans to err on the side of caution.
Monaco are struggling with numbers up front. Apart from Berbatov, they only have 19-year-old Anthony Martial and Lacina Traore as back-up. Letting the 33-year-old go would leave them incredibly short and force them to overpay for a replacement.
The Star’s article also mentions that Monaco are struggling this season, which couldn’t be further from the truth. The victory on Saturday moved them up into fifth in the Ligue 1 table.
Leandro Jardim’s men are now only five points off second place, haven’t conceded a league goal in seven games and are in the last 16 of the Champions League. QPR fans must be dreaming of struggling like that.