Redknapp admits QPR can’t afford to sign ‘amazing’ Rhodes

Harry Redknapp has described Jordan Rhodes as ‘amazing’ but admits Queens Park Rangers can’t afford to sign him this month.

The Scotland international was an £8million signing for Blackburn Rovers in the summer of 2012, and he has gone on to become a huge favourite with the Ewood Park faithful. Rhodes has scored 44 times since pitching up in Lancashire, 16 of which have come in 26 Championship matches so far this season.

Although QPR are currently second in the table and in position for an instant return to the Championship, their tally of 31 goals is the lowest of any side in the top-six. Charlie Austin has scored 13 of these, so were the former Burnley striker to become unavailable, their promotion bid would certainly be hindered.

The Loftus Road club have been linked with a move for Rhodes ahead of the 31 January deadline, although they would likely face competition from several top-flight sides. However, as much as Redknapp admires the former Huddersfield Town forward, the Rangers boss admits he couldn’t afford to sign him.

“It’s too expensive,” he told West London Sport on Wednesday. “He’s a good player but I don’t think they’ll lower the price. They want their money back; they want their £8million or £9million for him. Every week he scores. He’s amazing.”

QPR are currently just a point above third-place Burnley, and have slipped five points behind leaders Leicester City. Redknapp has yet to add to his options since the window reopened on 1 January, and has missed out on Carlton Cole, who was said to be his chief target, after the striker signed a new deal at West Ham United.


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