QPR boss hoping to make three more Streller signings
QPR, Coral’s second favourites for relegation this coming season at 7/4, are looking to bolster their ranks with three potential deals in the offing.
Harry Redknapp’s men have already addressed their defence this summer with the arrivals of the experienced Rio Ferdinand and one of Cardiff’s few bright lights from last season’s relegation, Steven Caulker.
Now the Hoops have turned their attention to further up the pitch, with West Ham’s midfield dynamo Mohammed Diame, Bologna’s Greek World Cup midfielder Panagiotis Kone and Basel’s 6ft5 striker Marco Streller, all being targeted.
After the signing of Jordan Mutch, Diame is another progressive player whose athleticism underpins his spirited influence on games.
With the likes of Joey Barton and Karl Henry patrolling the centre of the park, Redknapp has acknowledged the need for more expansive options in that department to offset the more challenging demands of the Premier League.
Senegal international Diame is known to have a £3.5m release clause in his contract, though he has often cited his desire to leave for a top-six club.
Though QPR do not represent such an outfit, Diame may well compromise to find an escape from playing out-of-position on the wing and watching the ball fly over his head for the usually direct Hammers.
27-year-old, Albanian-born Kone, is usually deployed on the right-wing and would provide competition for the exciting duo of Matt Phillips and Junior Holliet on the flanks.
Kone featured in three of Greece’s four games in Brazil this summer and showed in glimpses his ability to beat a man and create an opportunity. Redknapp prefers wingers that are nimble and tricky, so should he pull off this deal Kone will certainly fit the mould.
Another type of player Redknapp readily admires is a big, physical target man to lead his line. With QPR’s pursuit of Stoke’s Peter Crouch and Watford’s Troy Deeney appearing to have hit an impasse, Swiss international Streller has become a leading target for the west-London club.
At 33-years-old, Streller has many years of Champions League football under his belt after re-joining Swiss outfit Basel in 2007 following a brief spell with VFB Stuttgart.
Given his age, it certainly presents an affordable but short-term option. Redknapp’s primary concern will be to ensure the clubs survival this term and the burly forward can certainly contribute to that.
If Loic Remy is to stay and accompany Charlie Austin in the forward line, Redknapp will have a balanced and durable strike force to hopefully fire them to safety.
QPR kick-off the new campaign at home to Hull City, who they are 13/10 to beat.