QPR manager Harry Redknapp says he was surprised by reports he is set to sign Ravel Morrison on loan – but would be interested in doing so if West Ham are prepared to let him go.
Rangers had not made a move for the 20-year-old midfielder when it was suggested that he was on his way to Loftus Road.
But after being told of Morrison’s possible availability, Redknapp attempted to contact Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, who has played down the chances of the player leaving on loan.
Redknapp explained: “I had a few phone calls today asking if we were going to take him on loan and I just said I have not spoken to anyone.
“Once they rung me I thought there must be something going on. I tried ringing Sam and I could not get hold of Sam today.
“It’s up to them if they want to loan him or not. If they do then he would be of interest, that’s for sure.”
Redknapp was speaking after his side’s promotion bid suffered a significant setback at Derby, where they were beaten 1-0.
The result moved Steve McClaren’s team to within a point of third-placed Rangers, with Burnley remaining in the top two.
“We didn’t do what we were supposed to do – we didn’t get after them,” said Redknapp.
“We did that in the second half and played in their half. We got after them much better, but we didn’t create enough.
“It’s tightened it all up again. We’re level on points with Burnley, one point ahead of Derby, and Nottingham Forest are bang there – it’s going to be tight.”