Harry Redknapp: What did QPR do in the January transfer window just hours before Redknapp decided to quit?

Harry Redknapp stepped down as QPR manager on Tuesday but cited his upcoming knee surgery and not the club's transfer failings as the reason for his decision

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Harry Redknapp has resigned from his role as Queens Park Rangers manager less than 24 hours after the club failed to land a single transfer target on deadline day.

Harry Redknapp quits as QPR manager

Redknapp leaves the London club in a precarious position, with Rangers sitting in 19th in the Premier League table although they are just a point off 17th-placed Burnley.

While the transfer failings, which included a loan-move snub from Emmanuel Adebayor, are prominent in Redknapp’s exit, both he and the club have confirmed that the 67-year-old’s impending knee surgery is the reason behind his decision to step down.

 

Rangers did make two signings in January, although the addition of Mauro Zarate from West Ham on loan has already been labelled a disaster. Zarate has only made one appearance for the club after coming off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Burnley, and QPR attempted to terminate the loan deal and sign Matt Jarvis in his place only to be informed by the Premier League that they cannot take two players on loan from the same club in on transfer window.

harry-redknapp-2.jpgRyan Manning also signed for the club after a compensation deal was agreed with Galway, but Jordan Mutch departed the club just half-a-season after arriving from Cardiff City. The 23-year-old saw his brief time at Loftus Road hindered by a string of injuries, although he showed enough in his nine league appearances to suggest he could contribute to keeping QPR safe from relegation.

The club attempted a final day bid to take Adebayor on loan until the end of the season despite his £100,000-a-week wages, but the 30-year-old striker was reluctant to join the Loftus Road outfit and instead favour a move to West Ham, only for Spurs to pull the plug on any transfer.

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QPR missed out on Adebayor

The only other deals of the window saw youngsters Max Ehmer and Bruno Andrade join Gillingham and Stevenage on loan respectively, and club chairman Tony Fernandes cited the large number of signings QPR made in the summer as the reason for a lack of mid-season additions.

Rio Ferdinand arrived from Manchester United on a free transfer, but the club shelled out over £30m on players who on the face of things would add Premier League experience to the squad that secured promotion via the Championship Play-offs.

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West Ham's Jarvis was on his way to QPR before the Premier League stepped in

Both Steven Caulker and Leroy Fer joined in £8m deals from Cardiff and Norwich City respectively, while Sandro arrived from Redknapp’s former club Spurs in a £6m switch. Mutch set the club back a further £6m, while former Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy arrived for an undisclosed fee thought to be up to £6m.

Jack Robinson was brought in from Liverpool for around £1m, but was sent out on loan to Huddersfield.

January 2015 transfer:

Ins: Mauro Zarate (West Ham, loan), Ryan Manning (Galway, compensation)

Outs: Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace, undisclosed), Max Ehmer (Gillingham, loan extension), Bruno Andrade (Stevenage, loan)

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