Jan 29 2013 By Yann Tear
HARRY Redknapp is pinning his hopes on chairman Tony Fernandes working his magic to recruit players before the transfer window closes on Thursday – and admits he isn't sure how many will sign.
The QPR boss says the priority is a central defender to replace Ryan Nelsen, who has played his last game for Rangers – with Anzi's Chris Samba the number one target.
“I don't know how many we'll get,” Redknapp said immediately after Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Manchester City at Loftus Road..
“We could get three or four. We could get none. You just don't know, do you. But none would leave us in trouble. I need a central defender, that's for sure.”
Redknapp continued: “The chairman's working on several options. I've given him a list of players and he's tried to get one or two for us.
“He's dealing with it [the Chris Samba deal] and I don't know where we are with it. The chairman asked me a week ago whether I'd be interested if he could get me Samba and I said of course. I think he's a fantastic competitor. I've left it solely in his hands.”
Redknapp said the threadbare nature of the squad was obvious against Man City – with two keepers on the bench and two players absent.
“We had two goalkeepers on the bench, because there's nobody else,” he said.
“Jamie Mackie pulled out with a back injury and DJ Campbell heard his father was very very ill today, so I let him be with his dad today.
“We're working very hard to get in new players, but it's not easy. We are struggling a bit. We lose Ryan Nelsen now and I haven't got a replacement.
“I let Anton Ferdinand go and we're desperately short, when you look at the squad tonight – and one or two of those lads are looking to go out still.”