QPR’s Harry Redknapp hoping Morocco will overlook Adel Taarabt

QPR manager Harry Redknaoo is hoping playmaker Adel Taarabt will be overlooked for Morocco's African Cup of Nations campaign

Adel Taarabt
Adel Taarabt scored twice against Fulham last weekend Photo: M Ennaimi, via Wikimedia

Adel Taarabt

Harry Redknapp is hoping against hope that Adel Taarabt will be overlooked for the African Cup of Nations, as the Queens Park Rangers boss confessed he’ll be powerless to stop the Moroccan international should he get the nod.

Taarabt, who could miss up to five games if picked to play in South Africa, delivered a timely reminder of his talents with the decisive double in last weekend’s win over Fulham, a feat that even prompted the 23-year-old to boast of interest from Barcelona.

But as QPR’s players ready themselves for Saturday’s trip to Newcastle, Redknapp admitted to being out of the loop where Taarabt was concerned.

“I’ve got no idea as to what the situation is,” he said.

“I think they have to go if they get picked for their country, I haven’t discussed it any more with him.

“Hopefully he doesn’t get picked, we need him here, but I’ve got no idea at the moment.”

And Redknapp gave short shrift to suggestions Taarabt is making waves in Barcelona.

“Barcelona want him do they? Maybe they’ll have a swap with Messi,” he scoffed.

“We don’t want to sell him, no one has made an offer for him. It’s only speculation.”

As for prospective January recruits, the former Spurs boss revealed the club are in talks with Nicolas Anelka, with West Ham also reportedly sniffing around.

“He’s a player that’s of interest to anybody. He’s finishing in China, so he’s available. He’s a top player. Whether we can afford to get him in here I’m not sure,” added Redknapp.

“I think the chairman knows Nicolas’ people. It depends how expensive the whole package is. If it’s within reason, he’s a player that could improve your team, there’s no doubt about that.”

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