Harry Redknapp says Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor was too expensive to sign last summer.
Redknapp admitted attempted to sign Adebayor last season, but could not find the funds to make the deal work despite his desire to bring in the Togo international.
He said: "If we had a striker, we would have stayed up – I have no doubt about that. Only Charlie Austin was scoring but there was not anybody out there. We couldn’t get Adebayor because he was too expensive, so there was nobody I was even close to getting."
Who scuppered the deal?
It is unclear from Redknapp's comments whether the stumbling block was a fee between clubs, Adebayor himself, or both.
Even if a loan agreement had been reached, Spurs striker Adebayor may have been unwilling to drop his wage demands - or QPR meet them, with The Independent recently reporting his earnings at £100,000 per week.
Could it have worked out?
From Adebayor's perspective it could not have been much worse than his season at Spurs. He netted only two goals, suffering his own personal off-field issues, and failing to win the trust of head coach Mauricio Pochettino when fit.
He has always performed well at the start of his spells with new sides, not just Tottenham but previously Manchester City and Arsenal - only fading later for one reason or another.
Even if just a short-term solution for QPR, he could have made an impact under a manager who made him feel wanted again, and been the difference for a side which finished eight points short of safety.