Redknapp vying Villa World Cup star Vlaar
QPR are rumoured to be interested in signing Aston Villa centre back Ron Vlaar. The Hoops are odds-on at 2/5 to stay in the Premier League next season, and boss Harry Redknapp is naturally keen to recruit experience, having already signed Rio Ferdinand.
The Dutch 29-year-old centre back could well be the subject of a transfer tussle this summer, though it is reported that QPR will lodge a £4m bid. Vlaar, however, is on extended leave, after helping the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup.
Redknapp was thought to have originally identified Cardiff City’s Steven Caulker to partner Ferdinand, though, after the impressive form of Vlaar in Brazil, could switch targets.
Club teammate, Jonas Okore was not surprised by the performance of his colleague at the World Cup.
“I am really proud of him but not surprised. I’m really glad for him and hope he can bring some of that back to us – make us perform like he did in the summer.
“I hope it can rub off on us. He will come back with confidence, a good attitude and it will help us. He showed us what he can do in the summer. I hope he does it again,” Okore said.
“I think when you have a lot of confidence and play with your heart then anything is possible. Ron showed his true potential at the World Cup.
“This year he has done really well for us. I’m looking forward to him coming back, and playing with him. It will be amazing.”
Okore believes the arrival of Roy Keane at Villa Park, in the assistant manager role will have a positive effect in and around the club, who are odds-on at 2/9 to beat the drop next term.
“He’s talking to everyone, trying to get to know us,” the centre back said.
“Hopefully it will be a great appointment. His football experience is vast. He has been through a lot, played in a lot of games and knows what football is all about. He’s a leader and knows what to do to motivate us.
“Hopefully he can really bring something extra to the table to get us to pay at the highest level,” continued Okore.
“He’s been a manager and coach before so we think he’ll bring a lot of good things.”
Whether or not Vlaar will benefit from the Irishman’s experience, remains to be seen.