QPR transfers: Redknapp rules out reunion with Crouch and Defoe

The Queens Park Rangers manager rules out a possible January move for Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe

Harry Reardon
By Harry Reardon

Harry Redknapp has ruled out bringing Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch to Queens Park Rangers in the New Year.

Redknapp is hopeful of freshening up his squad in the January transfer window, having flown out to Malaysia this week to meet with the club’s owner, Tony Fernandes.

He does not, though, expect to reunite a strike pairing which proved extremely effective for him in previous spells at Portsmouth and Tottenham.

“Mark Hughes is saying today that they’re looking to give [Crouch] a new contract,” Redknapp told a Friday morning news conference.

“He belongs to Stoke and they want to keep him, so that’s not a goer.”

Defoe, meanwhile, has scored 11 goals in Major League Soccer this season for Toronto FC, but has been heavily linked with an early return to the Premier League.

Redknapp does not envisage Defoe ending up at Loftus Road, however, saying: “He’s an excellent player, but I don’t know if he fits in our budget.”

With QPR heavily reliant on eight-goal Charlie Austin, though, Redknapp is conscious of the need to bring in new faces, and accepts that financially, that might need to be on a temporary basis.

“If there’s a loan or two out there, then we’d be interested,” he said.

“We just need to find another striker to add to the ones we’ve got already. That’s an area we’re looking at, and we’ll see where we go.”

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