QPR want Wilfried Zaha on loan says Hoops boss Harry Redknapp
QPR, 11/8 to be relegated from the Premier League, want to sign Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, according to Hoops manager Harry Redknapp.
The 21-year-old former Crystal Palace player, capped twice by England, does not appear to be in Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal’s plans at Old Trafford as he has been omitted from both Premier League matchday squads this season so far.
Speaking prior to a heavy 4-0 defeat across the capital at London rivals Spurs, Redknapp said of Zaha: “If we thought he was available he would certainly be of interest. If they were to loan him I’m sure a lot of clubs would be interested.”
Zaha has made just two senior appearances for United, and was loaned to Cardiff City, where he suffered relegation from the top flight, for the rest of last season in January. Fellow promoted side Leicester City, old club Palace and Hull City, who could offer the player European football this season (provided they overturn a 1-0 Europa League play-off deficit), are among other reported suitors.
Opting to play three at the back in their opening two Premier League games has proved disastrous for QPR, as they have shipped five goals, picked up no points and failed to score. As a result, they prop up the table. A tactical shift back to wingplay could swiftly follow following this failed experiment.
Few wide options are open to Hoops boss Redknapp, with Matty Phillips just returning from a serious ankle problem and namesake Shaun Wright-Phillips managing just 11 league outings in their promotion season last term. Junior Hoilett is the only other natural choice for such a spot, although loan signing and Chile international Eduardo Vargas can play on the wing.
QPR, who are 6/1 for a top 10 finish this term, have brought six new faces into west London this summer so far. Joining Vargas is compatriot and fellow loanee Mauricio Isla, midfielder Jordon Mutch, central defenders Rio Ferdinand and Steven Caulker and Netherlands international box-to-box player Leroy Fer.