QPR have done a fair amount of transfer business since their take over by Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes, and the January 2013 transfer deadline day was another busy one for their books . ‘Arry used all his experience and years of networking to sign several players on the final day of the transfer window, in order to inspire a climb out of the Premier League drop zone.
Redknapp seems to have a transfer tradition of his own, interviewing out of the window of his car as he gives insight into his last minute deals. On the last day, Redknapp interviewed out of his personal transfer news electric window.
With his seat-belt attached and ready to roll, he spoke of his attempts to sign Jermain Jenas, David Bentley and Townsend, all players Harry Redknapp managed at Tottenham. None of whom are now first team regulars, and indeed struggled to get game time under Harry himself.
Chris Samba is a real warrior, experienced, powerful and will be a real asset for Redknapp’s side. For a reported fee of £12.5 million, QPR owner Tony Fernandes has financed a record breaking signing for the club. Samba, 28, will be expected to add solidity and resolve to QPR’s struggling team.
Jermain Jenas has arrived at QPR from London rivals Tottenham and has finalised an 18 month contract. Jenas has struggled to find regular football throughout his career, often because of injury. Perhaps he will finally prove his worth after agreeing a deal to serve under Harry Redknapp for a second time.
Andros Townsend, the young England under 21 international has also completed a switch to QPR as Harry Redknapp confirms his loan deal until the end of the season. The 21 year old winger has spent the past three years being loaned out to different clubs since joining Tottenham in 2009.
After putting two goalkeepers on the bench last week, out of desperation, not choice, Harry Redknapp has managed to add some genuine quality to his squad. It is testament to the respect he carries as a manager, and as a man that he can rally some troops to come to the aid of a potential sinking ship.