QPR manager Harry Redknapp rules out January sales at Loftus Road
QPR manager Harry Redknapp reveals that he is not planning a big clearout at Loftus Road in the January transfer window
Harry Redknapp has denied that he is planning a clearout at Queens Park Rangers in the January transfer window.
Former Hoops manager Mark Hughes brought in 12 new signings in the summer, including big name stars such as Jose Bosingwa, Júlio Cesar and Esteban Granero.
But QPR’s new-look side flopped, resulting in Hughes being sacked and replaced by Redknapp, with the west London outfit currently propping up the Premier League table.
The 65-year-old is looking to make one or two new additions next month but has ruled out the possibility of getting rid of any of his under-performing players.
“No, not really [we don’t have a set amount to get rid of],” said Redknapp.
“If you look at my bench for Saturday’s game, I can’t be getting rid of anyone. I pulled a young kid in to put on the bench who’s been on loan at a few different clubs like Yeovil.
“So, we’re certainly not overloaded. We’ve got long-term injuries in my 25-man squad. I can’t be getting people out of here without replacements. So we’re not looking to shift people out quickly unless I get people in.”
Redknapp also refused to criticise Hughes’ transfer strategy despite the club’s current predicament, pointing to injuries to key players as a contributing factor to their struggles.
“It wouldn’t be fair for me to say that [players have been signed for the sake of it],” he added.
“You take chances if you’re not paying big money in the transfer market because if you’re not signing top players, you’re taking gambles.
“They were unlucky with injuries too. They lost two big strikers in Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora. If they had stayed fit that would have been a big plus. Circumstances or whatever, that’s how it goes.”