Former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has been touted for a move yet again back to England this January with QPR’s name firmly in the frame. It has been almost a year since he joined Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, but the Frenchman is reported to currently be in dispute over payment issues.
Potential suitors who have declared interest in the controversial 33-year-old include the likes of Premier League sides West Ham United and QPR. According to Sky Sports, Harry Redknapp has been quoted as saying:
“I think he is finishing in China so he is available”, however he admits that his high wage demands could be an issue, he is a top player so he is a player we would be interested in, but whether we could afford to get anywhere near I him I am not sure.”
Whereas Hammers assistant Neil McDonald told to the Daily Star:
“We are looking for good players and Anelka is a good player, he had a fantastic relationship with Sam (at Bolton).”
Having also played in England for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City, Anelka is certainly no stranger to the league, and it seems he just can’t stay away from the tempting aura of the unique Barclays Premiership.
He is not getting any younger, and now would be a good time to try out perhaps one last challenge – with London the preferred destination.
QPR in particular have been very poor in front of goal this season, and reuniting Anelka with former France international teammate Djibril Cisse could spark a change in fortunes and add a bit of Christmas cheer for Rangers fans against all the odds.
Another possible choice for Anelka could be back in his home country for the club he started his career as a youth player at, PSG. The ambitious side could easily afford him and he is familiar with current Paris boss Carlo Ancelotti from their time at Chelsea.
However, although he had two spells at PSG early on in his career, he never seemed settled, despite being mentioned as a potential superstar by many at the time. He may just stick to where he feels more comfortable, in England, and he can’t go wrong with either choice he makes, with both teams looking to enjoy exciting futures – West Ham with the prospect of moving to the Olympic stadium, and QPR likely to become a strong force if they get through their current rough patch.