QPR boss expects to spend in January

Manager Harry Redknapp expects QPR to spend when the transfer window opens next month.

Signing at least one centre-back has long been one of Rangers’ top priorities, with the club intending to try again for Michael Dawson and Chris Samba.

Dawson, who played under Redknapp at Tottenham, opted to stay at Spurs rather than move to Loftus Road in the summer.

Redknapp’s predecessor Mark Hughes was hopeful of persuading Dawson to make the switch in January and was also planning another approach for Samba.

Congo defender Samba, 28, played under Hughes at Blackburn, while Redknapp expressed an interest in signing him while in charge at Spurs.

After being pursued by Hughes, Samba opted to join Anzhi Makhachkala but is unsettled in Russia and believed to be open to the idea of a return to England.

Redknapp recently indicated he would not spend in the transfer market if his team are still adrift at the bottom, saying it could increase the financial burden on the club if they go down to the Championship.

But Redknapp, who is next week due to meet R’s chairman Tony Fernandes for the first time since he was Tottenham manager, said: “I’m positive we will be in a position where we can give it a good go.

“All I said was there was no point spending if we’re cut adrift, but let’s hope that’s not the situation.

“If we are in there the owners will look at it. It’s a case of knowing who’s around and who could do a job for you.”

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