Mover and shaker Harry Redknapp ready for another day at sales

Queen’s Park Rangers manager looking for players to strengthen promotion aspirations

Transfer deadline day is rarely a quiet affair for Harry Redknapp’s telephone, and today will be no different for QPR’s ubiquitous manager.

After Saturday’s hard-fought 1-0 win at Leeds United, the man who has worked furiously on all but one transfer deadline day since its inception in 2002 said he would be looking at “two, three or four new players” to aid QPR’s promotion push.

But to build, Redknapp may need to budge. Joey Barton, at the centre of play and controversy in equal measure at Elland Road, may still be on the move. Assistant manager Kevin Bond was unsure of Barton’s future after the game, but Redknapp was more confident about arrivals.

“We’ve not got a big squad; 18 players have left so we need to improve the squad,” Redknapp told Sky Sports. “There are still areas we can strengthen and we’ll do that in the next few days. We are trying. We’ve got some good targets, not gambles, real good players in my opinion.”

Blackpool’s manager Paul Ince admitted he had had no intention of playing his son Tom but the 21-year-old came off the bench to score the winner against Watford on Saturday. The winger could also be on the move before today’s window slams shut at 11pm, with interest from Everton, Tottenham and Aston Villa. Fears that the player may change his heart are admittedly not as strong when communication is between father and son, but Paul himself conceded last week he had a “gut feeling” that bids would come in for Tom.

He said after Saturday’s 1-0 win: “[England Under-21 coach] Gareth Southgate rang me [on Friday]; Tom has been out for three weeks. He [told] me if Tom wanted to go down and join up with the Under-21s and train then he could.

“But I told him I’d put him on the bench as a threat, never to play him, just for Watford to take their eye off the ball. I had no intention of playing him.”

Another player who is sure to be a target for Premier League clubs, in the next 12 months if not today, is Blackburn Rovers’ Jordan Rhodes. The Scot has scored four goals in his last two games after registering 28 last term, but Rovers’ manager, Gary Bowyer, is adamant that the 23-year-old Scottish international is staying put for now.

This day of all days, however, will always conjure up a few frustrating dilemmas for Championship managers.

“When I first took the job I asked the owners about Jordan Rhodes and they said to me that Jordan wasn’t for sale, so as soon as 11pm comes on Monday, you’ll all have to think of a different question,” Bowyer said after his side’s 4-1 win over Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

Even this early in the season, Chris Powell admitted his Charlton Athletic side had taken a deep look at themselves before beating Leicester City 2-1. They joined Barnsley, who beat Huddersfield by the same score, in picking up their first league wins of the season at The Valley.

“We’ve had a lot of soul-searching between us all, a lot of hard work on the training pitch and changed our shape, which has worked,” said Powell after former Leicester striker Yann Kermorgant had scored the winner.

“When Yann plays like he does today then not many strikers are better than him. I’m going to tell him there are 23 other teams called Leicester. He has now played against them three times and scored three times. It is pleasing for him as he had a rough time there.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003