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Premier League

Redknapp and Poyet expecting a long day on the phone

Lassana Diarra is coming in, to Redknapp’s delight

Gus Poyet, who believes the transfer window should close before the start of the domestic season, expects to spend all of today on his phone and Harry Redknapp is rarely off his. So both will be contributing to a bonanza for the mobile communications companies until at least 11pm on Monday tonight.

Neither the winning nor losing manager in Saturday’s game at Loftus Road is satisfied with the squad he has (which of that breed ever is?) and both expect a hectic day.

Even on the day of a first Premier League victory since March 2013 – which also came against Sunderland – there was disappointment for Queen’s Park Rangers, with Chelsea agreeing to meet Loïc Rémy’s release clause of £10.5m.

Lassana Diarra is coming in, to Redknapp’s delight. “I signed him from Arsenal and when I left Portsmouth they sold him for £22m,” he said.


The next signing could be Redknapp himself, who at 67 seems to have gained a new lease of life. “The chairman wants me to sign a contract,” he said. “I would do it. I won’t even read it. That’s how I trust the chairman.”

Poyet is trusting his chairman to come up with some money today. He is still hoping that striker Fabio Borini will sign, adding mysteriously: “Unfortunately, we cannot give you all the true information why he’s not with us.”