Harry Redknapp confirms he wanted Emmanuel Adebayor on transfer deadline day

Emmanuel Adebayor

Departed Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says that he wanted to sign Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor on transfer deadline day.

Harry Redknapp has told The Daily Mail that he wanted to sign Emmanuel Adebayor for Queens Park Rangers on transfer deadline day.

Redknapp resigned as the Rangers manager on Tuesday due to ongoing problems with his knee.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss announced the decision just a day after transfer deadline day, on which QPR did not sign a single player.

The Englishman has now revealed that he wanted to recruit Togo international striker Adebayor from his former club Tottenham.

Then why didn’t he?

“We had one real target on the last day, Emmanuel Adebayor, because we are short upfront,” Redknapp told The Daily Mail.

“But he was too much money. I accept that. There are no hard feelings on my part – I've not had a problem with Tony Fernandes in all my time there.”

Failure to sign former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Adebayor, though, did not have an affect on Redknapp’s decision to leave his managerial post at QPR.

“I haven't got the hump, we haven't had a row,” said Redknapp. “I knew some while ago that we were not going to be able to get much done in January…

“I know what people think - that I've been sacked, or stormed off because we couldn't get the players in.

“My son Jamie said that my timing has to be the worst in the world. When I look back on my career, it certainly isn't my strong point - but I can't control what people think.”

It is curious that Redknapp wanted to sign Adebayor on transfer deadline despite his health issues.

Would the Englishman have remained in his position had the striker arrived at Loftus Road? How would Adebayor have reacted if Redknapp had left a day after signing him?

All these questions will remain unanswered.

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