Harry Redknapp warns strengthening his squad in January is pointless unless QPR enjoy a productive December.
Rangers are four points adrift at the foot of the Premier League and launch a pivotal month, numbering six fixtures, when they host Aston Villa in Redknapp’s first home match today.
It was assumed owner Tony Fernandes would fund new signings when the transfer window opens, but Redknapp insists potential targets have not even been discussed.
“I’m not looking at January. It’s about now. There are games between now and the window that will decide where we’re going,” he said. “If we don’t pick up points and wins in that period, what’s the point of putting yourself in trouble trying to buy players? That way you could get lumbered with a big wage bill next season.’’
Redknapp, who distanced himself from moves for Darren Bent, Joe Cole, Loic Remy and David Beckham, added: “We need to win matches now. What happens in January is way off.
“Darren Bent’s a good player, Villa paid £20m for him. I haven’t asked about him.
“I was interested in Remy at Tottenham. Now is a different situation. He’d be expensive... I’ve always liked Joe, I signed him as an 11-year-old. There’s still a top player in there... David’s a top bloke, he’d be an asset to anyone. But it’s not something we’re pursuing.”
Paul Lambert, Redknapp’s opposite number today, has confirmed Aston Villa have received no inquiries for out-of-favour striker Bent and the England striker has not handed in a transfer request.
The Villa manager also denied there is a clause requiring the midlands club to make a £3m payment to Sunderland if Bent makes 50 club league appearances.
The 28-year-old has clocked up 47 but has not been on the bench for the past two matches since returning from injury. Lambert said: “Have there been any enquiries for Bent? No. Has he asked to be put on the transfer list? No. Is there a clause? That’s not true. I’m not sure where that came from.”
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