QPR transfers: Redknapp wants to keep Campbell, Green and Ferdinand
QPR transfers: Harry Redknapp says he is reluctant to let valued fringe players such as DJ Campbell and Rob Green leave the club
Harry Redknapp has reiterated his desire to keep hold of Queens Park Rangers’ valued fringe players, such as DJ Campbell, Rob Green and Anton Ferdinand.
The 65-year-old has unsurprisingly been linked with a host of names this month, with a frenzy always surrounding the R’s boss at this time of year.
But Redknapp was keen to talk about the players he wants to keep at QPR as bids to guide the rock-bottom Hoops to Premier League safety.
One such player is Campbell, who recently returned from a loan spell at Ipswich Town after scoring an impressive 10 goals in 17 Championship appearances.
The striker has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace in recent days – but Redknapp wants to keep the 31-year-old as long as he is willing to stay and fight for a first-team place.
“I’ve only worked with DJ for a week or two. He’s a fantastic lad and a good player,” said Redknapp.
“It’s no coincidence the clubs that he has played for in the past want to take him back, and there’s a big queue of clubs in the Championship looking to take him.
“But I like him and it wouldn’t be the worst thing for him to stay here. But if he wants to move and play regularly, we’ll do our best to help him to get the move that he wants.
“He wants to play every week. I can’t guarantee that but I’d certainly like to keep him in the squad.”
One man who will not be leaving Loftus Road under any circumstances is Rob Green.
The England goalkeeper produced a man-of-the-match performance in the midweek FA Cup third-round victory over West Bromwich Albion – and Redknapp is not prepared to let Green leave.
“There’s been no offer that I know of,” added Redknapp. “He’s not asked me [about leaving].
“He was fantastic against West Brom, absolutely unbelievable, while Júlio Cesar was top class against Spurs last weekend.
“We’re lucky to have two outstanding keepers and I need both of them. I need to keep the two experienced ones in case one of them gets an injury.”
With Ryan Nelsen set to leave QPR in late February to start his managerial career at Toronto, Redknapp is also keen to retain the services of defender Anton Ferdinand.
“Anton played the other night and was outstanding against West Brom,” he said.
“I’m short of defenders at the moment in terms of cover, when Ryan Nelsen goes, he’ll be leaving a big hole in the team.
“Anton is here and it’s up to him to keep playing as he did the other night.”